Central Valley Legal Team is Saving Lives

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SIREN launched the first Free Weekly Removal Defense Clinic in the Central Valley to support individuals in removal proceedings or who are at risk of deportation by offering free legal consultations to Central Valley residents. About half of the people we help live in Fresno and the other half come from rural towns located throughout the Central Valley. Some people have driven from as far as Stockton and Bakersfield to attend our Tuesday clinics. The clinics are immensely helpful because we inform Central Valley residents about their legal options, their rights and analyze their cases and advise them on next steps. From those consultations, we are now representing several individuals with their cases. Individuals like one of our clients Susana:

Susana lives in Fresno and is the mother of five children; two below the age of 10. She made the decision to leave Mexico after her ex-partner tried to kill her - leaving her with a cracked skull and several busted teeth. Had it not been for the women who came to her aid, Sofia may not be here today.

SIREN is helping Susana, so she can live without fear of abuse from her ex-partner. If she wins asylum, she and her two kids will be able to live in the United States and eventually can become legal permanent residents.

El Equipo Legal del Valle Central Salvando Vidas

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SIREN lanzó la primera Clínica de Defensa de Eliminación Semanal Gratuita en Fresno para apoyar a las personas en los procedimientos de Remoción o que están en riesgo de deportación con consultas legales gratuitas. Alrededor de la mitad de las personas que ayudamos viven en Fresno y la otra mitad provienen de todo el Valle Central. Algunas personas han viajado desde Stockton y Bakersfield para asistir a nuestras clínicas los martes. Las clínicas son de gran ayuda porque informamos a los residentes del Valle Central sobre sus opciones legales, sus derechos, analizamos sus casos y les aconsejamos sobre los próximos pasos. Desde esas consultas, ahora estamos representando a varias personas con sus casos. Susana, es una de nuestras clientes:

Susana vive en Fresno y es madre de cinco hijos; dos menores de 10 años. Tomó la decisión de irse de México después de que su ex pareja intentó matarla, dejándola con el cráneo quebrado y varios dientes rotos. Si no hubiera sido por las mujeres que intervinieron para ayudarla, tal vez Susana no esté aquí hoy.

SIREN está ayudando a Susana, para que pueda vivir sin temor a abusos de parte de su ex pareja. Si gana asilo, ella y sus dos hijos podrán vivir en los Estados Unidos y eventualmente podrán convertirse en residentes permanentes legales.




Para satisfacer las crecientes necesidades de nuestras comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados, SIREN ha crecido enormemente en los últimos tres años duplicando el tamaño de nuestro personal, expandiendo nuestro alcance geográfico y casi triplicando nuestro presupuesto. Estamos buscando personas dedicadas y talentosas para unirse a nuestro movimiento en la construcción del poder de inmigrantes y refugiados. Ayúdenos a correr la voz acerca de las posiciones abiertas que actualmente tenemos disponibles en nuestras oficinas en el Área de la Bahía y Valle Central. SIREN ofrece un salario competitivo y un gran paquete de beneficios.

Para obtener más información o para presentar una solicitud, visítenos http://www.siren-bayarea.org/jobs.


In order to meet the growing needs of our immigrant and refugees communities, SIREN has grown tremendously within the past three years by doubling our staff size, expanding our geographic reach and almost tripling our budget. We are looking for dedicated, talented individuals to join our movement in building immigrant and refugee power. Help us spread the word about the open positions we currently have available in both our Bay Area and Central Valley offices. SIREN offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package.

For more information or to apply, please visit us at www.siren-bayarea.org/jobs.



Fresno establece un comité de inmigración "largamente vencido", pero no tiene fondos. / Fresno establishes ‘long overdue’ immigration committee–but it has no funding. Fresno Bee Online: February 17, 2019.

Gutiérrez: Los inmigrantes tienen el poder con nuestro voto. / Gutierrez: Immigrants hold the power with our vote. San Jose Spotlight: February 6, 2019.

Se espera que Trump se centre en la seguridad de las fronteras en la dirección de la Oficina Oval de la Casa Blanca. / Trump expected to focus on border security in address from Oval Office. KGO-AM Online: January 9, 2019.


Fresno establishes ‘long overdue’ immigration committee–but it has no funding. Fresno Bee Online: February 17, 2019.

Gutierrez: Immigrants hold the power with our vote. San Jose Spotlight: February 6, 2019.

Trump expected to focus on border security in address from Oval Office. KGO-AM Online: January 9, 2019. 



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Fresno establishes ‘long overdue’ immigration committee — but it has no funding


FEBRUARY 17, 2019 06:00 AM,

UPDATED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 02:08 PM


Fresno immigrant advocates believe a “long overdue” new advisory committee will make a dent on issues affecting the local immigrant community — despite having no funding attached.

The Fresno City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to establish a 15-member immigrant affairs committee. The committee will be tasked with advising the City Council on issues related to immigrants, according to the resolution. 

In June 2017, the City Council turned down a proposal to establish a legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation.

The proposal asked for the city to include $200,000 in its 2017-18 budget for its contribution to the public-private legal fund that had been pushed by immigration and civil rights advocates.

Some acknowledged that not having to make an upfront funding commitment for the advisory committee might have played a role in the unanimous support for Thursday’s resolution. 

Samuel Molina, state director for Mi Familia Vota, said he and others had been advocating for the committee for about a year and a half. 

“It’s long overdue,” Molina said.

While he agreed that having no funding attached might have contributed to the passage of the resolution, he believes the committee can accomplish several things.

For example, it shows the immigrant community that the City Council stands with them and takes their concerns seriously, he said. The committee has the potential to address several issues within the immigrant community, like transition into citizenship and language barriers.

Plus, similar committees in other jurisdictions have shown to be effective. “Committees have worked to develop strategic plans on addressing immigrant issues and needs,” he said.

Council Member Luis Chavez said the city has to start somewhere when it comes to communicating with the immigrant community and including immigrants in the city’s decision-making process.

“This is a way to bring them to the table,” he said. “I think what we are trying to do here, is the first step in building a bridge with city hall and the immigrant community.”

Each council member will nominate two members and the mayor will appoint one, Chavez said. All committee members are expected to be in place by the end of March or early April, and the group will start its work soon after that. 

The committee’s meetings will be subject to the Brown Act and will be open to the public, according to the resolution.

Eliseo V. Gamino, chair of the Central Valley Leadership Roundtable, said he hopes the committee will have resources and accountability. 

The committee should be based on assistance and in “helping keep families together” – a need that has recently been illustrated with the case of a Navy veteran who fears could be deported, Gamino said. 

But Gamino said the committee does need adequate resources to be effective. 

“It has to have appropriate resources and accountability goals to help families stay... together and avoid deportation without due process,” he said. 

Chavez said the committee will have city hall resources, as well as access to department heads, the city’s attorney’s office and access to his personal office. 

Issues the advisory committee can help address, Chavez said, range from long wait times for international flights at the Fresno International Airport due to an inadequate number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, to offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and making citizenship classes more widely available. 

The legal defense fund is an issue the committee could bring back to the table as well, he said. 

Maricela Gutierrez, executive director with Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Services (SIREN), applauded the new committee. 

“I think this is a step in the right direction,” she said. “Our wish and dream is that one day there is actually an office of immigrants and refugee affairs.”

Read more here: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article226344450.html


Queridos Amigos,

El equipo de SIREN ha comenzado el año nuevo con nuestro compromiso y dedicación renovados a las comunidades a las que servimos. En este momento en que el presidente está presionando obsesivamente por un muro inútil, más que nunca, ¡debemos levantarnos y luchar por políticas respetuosas, humanas y que mantengan a las familias unidas! SIREN continuará luchando ferozmente por los inmigrantes y refugiados a través de nuestro trabajo en el empoderamiento de nuestros jóvenes y comunidades, los servicios legales, la defensa de políticas y el compromiso cívico.

A medida que comenzamos un nuevo capítulo emocionante, aquí hay un breve resumen de algunos de nuestros logros más orgullosos del 2018:

  • Expansión de SIREN y apertura de nuestra oficina en el Valle Central para servir a las comunidades más necesitadas.

  • Expansión de nuestro equipo legal que continúa luchando con éxito por nuestros clientes.

  • Organización de innumerables acciones este año para promover DACA / Clean Dream Act, Abolish ICE, Carga Pública (Public Charge), Defund Hate y otros.

  • Más de 1,000 voluntarios nuevos que hablan español, farsi y vietnamita reclutados, capacitados y movilizados para apoyar nuestro trabajo.

  • Ofrecimos asistencia legal directa y representación a más de 5,000 personas.

  • Más de 15,000 textos por medio de nuestra red SIREN para informar y educar sobre temas importantes.

  • Dirigimos la capacitación y apoyamos a cientos de líderes juveniles, incluyendo 90 participantes del Instituto de Verano para la Liberación Juvenil.

  • Más de 15,000 jóvenes y nuevos ciudadanos estadounidenses fueron registrados para votar.

  • Más de 130,000 llamadas telefónicas para informar y activar a los votantes de baja propensión en el norte de California y Valle Central.

¡Les agradecemos por prestar su apoyo como voluntario, donante, patrocinador, aliado y amigo! Es gracias a ustedes que podemos continuar expandiendo nuestro trabajo e impacto cada año. Los invitamos a continuar apoyando nuestra valiosa misión hoy.

Con amor y justicia,

Maricela Gutiérrez

Dear Friends,

The SIREN team has begun the New Year with a renewed commitment and dedication to the many communities that we serve. At a time when the present administration is obsessively pushing for a useless wall, more than ever, we must rise up and fight for policies that are respectful, humane, and keep families together! SIREN will continue to fight fiercely for immigrants and refugees through our legal services, policy advocacy, civic engagement and through our community organizing with our multiracial and intergenerational leaders at the forefront.

As we begin an exciting new chapter, here is a brief recap of some of our proudest accomplishments in 2018:

  • SIREN expanded and opened an office in the Central Valley Office to serve communities in most need.

  • Expanded our legal team that continues to successfully fight for our clients.

  • Mobilized countless of directly impacted community members to take action and advocate for a Clean Dream Act, Abolish ICE, Public Charge, Defund Hate and more.

  • Over 1,000 new Spanish, Farsi and Vietnamese speaking volunteers recruited, trained, and mobilized to support our work.

  • Provided direct legal assistance and representation to over 5,000 individuals.

  • Over 15,000 texts sent to our SIREN network to inform and educate on important issues.

  • Led trainings to support hundreds of youth leaders, including 90 Youth Liberation Summer Institute participants.

  • Over 15,000 youth and new American citizens registered to vote.

  • Over 130,000 phone contacts made to inform and activate low propensity voters in Northern California and the Central Valley.

We thank you for lending your support as a volunteer, donor, sponsor, ally, and friend! It is because of your contributions that we can continue to expand our work and impact every year. We invite you to continue to support our valuable mission today.

With love and justice,

Maricela Gutiérrez



En 2018, celebramos la apertura de nuestra oficina del Valle Central y la comunidad nos acogió con entusiasmo. Hoy, estamos orgullosos de anunciar el lanzamiento de nuestras Clínicas de Defensa de Deportación, que brindarán asesoría legal gratuita a personas necesitadas en todo el Valle Central todos los martes de 9:00am a 4:00pm y talleres, Conozca sus Derechos, cada martes a las 10:00am.

“SIREN se complace en ser el primero en brindar este tipo de servicio en el Valle Central. Nuestra comunidad ha estado desatendida durante demasiado tiempo. Es a través de nuestro sistema legal que podemos tener un impacto profundo en la vida de muchas personas y tenemos un equipo legal fenomenal que está liderando el camino," dijo Maricela Gutiérrez, Directora Ejecutiva de SIREN.

Además de las Clínicas de Defensa de Deportación semanales, SIREN continuará ofreciendo un taller mensual de asilo el cuarto sábado del mes de 10:00am a 2:00pm.

“Es extremadamente importante que las personas entiendan sus derechos y que obtengan asesoría legal de expertos legales calificados. SIREN está aquí para responder a sus preguntas y brindar orientación a cualquier persona que lo necesite," dijo el abogado Jesús Martínez.

Para obtener más información, envíenos un correo electrónico a centralvalley@siren-bayarea.org.


In 2018, we celebrated the opening of our Central Valley office and were warmly embraced by the community. Today, we are proud to announce the launch of our Removal Defense Clinics, which will provide free legal counsel to people in need throughout the Central Valley the clinics will take place every Tuesday from 9:00am to 4:00pm and and Know Your Rights workshops every Tuesday at 10:00am.

“SIREN is excited to be the first to provide these types of services in the Central Valley. Our community has been underserved for far too long. It is through our legal system and community lawyering that we can make a profound impact on people’s lives and we have an phenomenal legal team that is leading the way,” said Maricela Gutiérrez, SIREN’s Executive Director.

In addition to the weekly Removal Defense Clinics, SIREN will continue to offer our Free monthly Asylum Legal Clinics on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

“It is tremendously important that people understand their rights and that they obtain legal advice from qualified legal experts. SIREN is here to answer questions and provide guidance to anyone in need,” said Staff Attorney Jesus Martínez.

For more information, email us at centralvalley@siren-bayarea.org.



Únase a nosotros para dar la bienvenida a nuestra nueva colega en el Valle Central, Cindy Her. Nació y se crió en Fresno, es la menor de 8 hermanos y la tercera en ir a la universidad en su familia. Actualmente es estudiante de segundo año en la Universidad Estatal de Fresno con especialización en desarrollo infantil y minoría en Hmong. Su objetivo es convertirse en maestra y defensora de la comunidad Hmong.

“Trabajar con SIREN me ha ayudado a comprender lo poco que sabe la comunidad sobre sus derechos constitucionales. Al crecer en una comunidad donde somos una minoría, quiero ayudar a mi comunidad con todo lo que pueda a través de SIREN. Estoy extremadamente emocionada y honrada de ser parte del equipo de SIREN," dijo Cindy.


Join us in welcoming our new Fellow for the Central Valley, Cindy Her. She was born and raised in Fresno, is the youngest of 8, and the third to go to college in her family. She is currently a sophomore at Fresno State University majoring in child development and minoring in Hmong. Her goal is to become a teacher and an advocate for the Hmong community.

“Working with SIREN has helped open my eyes to so much about how little the community knows about their constitutional rights. Growing up in a community where we are the minority, I want to help my community with all that I can through SIREN. I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the SIREN team!,” said Cindy.



Estamos recolectando donaciones para apoyar a un padre inmigrante detenido en el Centro de Detención de Adelanto. Les agradeceremos mucho su apoyo. ¡Done aquí!

Preguntas? info@sirenbayarea.org


We are collecting donations to support a loving immigrant father detained at Adelanto Detention Center. All donations are welcome. Donate here!

Questions? Email info@sirenbayarea.org



We are collecting donations to support a young man who is being detained at Mesa Verde Detention Center. He suffers from mental health issues and is in need of medical care. He needs the community's support! Donate here!

Questions? Email info@sirenbayarea.org


Estamos recolectando donaciones para apoyar a un joven que está detenido en el Centro de Detención Mesa Verde. Sufre de problemas de salud mental y necesita atención médica. ¡Necesita el apoyo de la comunidad! ¡Done aquí!

Preguntas? info@sirenbayarea.org



En colaboración con nuestros socios CAIR SF, acompáñenos en aprender cómo puede ser un espectador efectivo y apoyar a alguien que es víctima de acoso o discriminación. ¡Informase como puede participar en las campañas del 2019 de SIREN! 

¡Reserva su lugar hoy!


In collaboration with our partners CAIR SF, come learn how you can be an effective bystander and support someone who is the victim of bullying and/or discrimination. Learn about SIREN's 2019 campaigns and how you can get involved! 

RSVP today!



Terminamos el 2018 con un nivel alto de participación de votantes en una elección en nuestra región y estado. Esto fue posible gracias a nuestros extraordinarios voluntarios que ayudaron a registrar a 15,000 nuevos votantes inmigrantes y jóvenes y que hicieron más de 130,000 llamadas telefónicas el noviembre pasado.

En el 2019, ya nos hemos subido las mangas y estamos en marcha. Hemos visto el cierre de gobierno más prolongado en la historia de los Estados Unidos por un muro fronterizo cruel e innecesario.

Vimos a nuestro nuevo gobernador en California proponer más de $260 millones en fondos para la expansión de Medi-Cal para jóvenes indocumentados en nuestro estado. Sin embargo, tenemos que seguir luchando para asegurarnos de que TODOS los californianos indocumentados estén cubiertos.

Estamos preparando y educando a nuestras comunidades sobre la importancia del Censo de 2020 y cómo llenar el formulario cuando esté disponible.

Hay mucho trabajo por hacer y no podemos hacerlo sin los miembros de SIREN. ¡Es por eso que esta semana estamos lanzando nuestra iniciativa para incrementar la membresía de SIREN! Por $25 para todo el año usted puede:

  • Asistir a nuestra conferencia anual para miembros de SIREN

  • Participar en la membresía SIREN y entrenamientos para voluntarios

  • Votar para respaldar las políticas y propuestas de votación en las elecciones

  • Participar en visitas legislativas con funcionarios electos claves y líderes de nivel alto

  • Asistir a eventos culturales y artísticos

¡El momento es ahora! Continuemos con el gran impulso que iniciamos en el 2018 para crear un estado receptivo y una región cálida para los inmigrantes.

Puede registrarse para convertirse en miembro de SIREN haciendo clic aquí.

¡Gracias y sigamos construyendo juntos!


We ended 2018 with one of the highest voter turnouts in an election in our region and state, thanks to our remarkable volunteers helping to register 15,000 new immigrant and youth voters and making over 130,000 phone calls last November.

Already in 2019, we have rolled up our sleeves and got straight to work. We have seen the longest government shutdown in U.S. history over a cruel and unnecessary border wall.

We saw our new governor in California propose over $260 million in funding for Medi-Cal expansion for undocumented youth in our state, but we need to continue to fight to ensure that ALL undocumented Californians are covered.

And we are preparing and educating our communities on the importance of the 2020 U.S. Census and how to fill out the form when it is available.

There is so much work to be done, and we can’t do it without our SIREN members. That is why this week we are launching our SIREN Membership Drive for 2019! For $25 for the entire year you can:

  • Attend our annual membership conference

  • Participate in SIREN membership and volunteer trainings

  • Vote to endorse policies and ballot propositions in elections

  • Participate in legislative visits with key elected officials and decision makers

  • Attend cultural and art events

The moment is now! Let’s continue the great momentum we started in 2018 to create a more welcoming state and region for immigrants. You can sign up to become a SIREN member by clicking here.

Thank you, and let’s continue to build together!



Visite el calendario de clínicas legales de SIREN haciendo clic aquí.


Visit SIREN's legal clinics calendar by clicking here.


Mire nuestras últimas ofertas de trabajo aquí.

SIREN Voter Guides November 2018: California Props & Measures

2018 California State Measures

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2018 Central Valley Measures

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2018 Santa Clara Measures

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San Mateo County Measures

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2018 Proposiciones Estatales de California

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2018 Medidas del Valle Central

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2018 Medidas del Condado de Santa Clara

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Bầu Cử Tháng 11, 2018 -   Miến Trung California

Bầu Cử Tháng 11, 2018 - Lá Phiếu -   Quận Hạt Santa Clara 

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