Katy was born in Tabasco, Mexico but calls Redwood City her hometown. Prior to joining CLSEPA in January of 2020, Katy graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English. While at UC Davis, Katy worked with the Campaign for College Opportunity as a student ambassador to further … Read More


Salvador joined us in March 2016. Sal was born and raised in East Palo Alto, California; he received an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Foothill College. Prior to joining us as a full time staff member , he volunteered as an interpreter for pro bono cases with our organization and discovered his new desire to work with his local … Read More

Fresno County sheriff says she follows state’s sanctuary law. Critics say she helps ICE.

Immigration advocates and attorneys say the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has actively sought loopholes in California’s sanctuary law to help federal immigration officials arrest undocumented immigrants — raising questions about the law’s efficacy. The law, passed last year as Senate Bill 54, prohibits local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to detain undocumented … Read More

Caltrain threatened over San Mateo housing plan

San Mateo Daily Journal By Zachary Clark Daily Journal staff, Sep 8, 2018 Housing advocates are demanding Caltrain withdraw from exclusive negotiations with developer Sares Regis to build housing on Caltrain-owned land at the Hayward Park Station. Caltrain has been negotiating with Sares Regis for years about a transit-oriented development there, and while nothing is set in stone, the plan … Read More

San Jose judge blasts Trump administration for sudden transfer of ICE detainees

By TATIANA SANCHEZ | tsanchez@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm | UPDATED: September 6, 2018 at 6:15 am SAN JOSE — A federal judge blasted the Trump administration’s transfer of 10 detainees from a Contra Costa County ICE detention facility to out-of-state jails last month, calling the decision “damaging” and “troubling.” U.S. District … Read More

“Habeas” Lawsuits Demand Release of 10 Detained Immigrants Transferred out of State by ICE

The Davis Vanguard Posted by Vanguard Administrator August 29, 2018 SF Public Defender, immigrant rights groups escalate legal pressure on Trump admin as anger over abrupt transfers mounts. (From Press Release) – Local immigration attorneys filed a flurry of “Habeas Corpus” petitions in federal district court today, seeking the release of 10 people arbitrarily transferred last week from the West … Read More

Immigrant uprooted from jail close to family to another state without notice

San Francisco Chronicle Otis R. Taylor Jr,  Aug. 27, 2018 It was the second time in his life on an airplane, but this time Miguel Villalobos had his arms and feet shackled for the entire trip. The 38-year-old undocumented immigrant had been locked up at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond since June, after a DUI arrest. On the night … Read More

From Homeowner, to Tenant, to Evicted

“Keep this house. Don’t let it go,” his mother, a 68-year-old Tongan immigrant, said as they ate her homemade Ota Ika — Fetu’u’s favorite raw fish dish, with a flavor similar to ceviche. It was a Friday evening in June 2006, and Fetu’u, a landscaper, had stopped by his mother’s house after a long day of cutting grass, trimming hedges … Read More

Tenant Claims Landlord Threatened Deportation

Lawsuit alleges dispute escalated into warnings about immigration authorities A landlord attempting to evict a mother and her children from their Burlingame apartment repeatedly threatened to report the woman to federal immigration authorities, according to a lawsuit filed in a district court. Estela Cano is suing her former landlord at the Bellevue Apartments in Burlingame for discrimination and seeking compensation … Read More


For Immediate Release Media Contact: Araceli Martínez-Olguín (650) 422-2880, amartinez-olguin@clsepa.org Date: August 21, 2018 IMMIGRANT TENANT SUES LANDLORD FOR THREATENING TO CALL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES TO EFFECT UNLAWFUL EVICTION San Mateo County, CA—Today, Estela Cano is fighting back against her former landlord by filing suit in federal district court. Her lawsuit alleges that her landlord violated her civil rights by threatening to … Read More