An Intern's Time with the Immigration Relief Project'

By Devin, An SJSU Intern

As a Justice Studies major, I have been exposed to numerous topics regarding rights and legal issues. One area that I have recently had much exposure to was the issue of Immigration. I had the honor of interning for the Immigration Relief Project through the San Jose Peace and Justice Center during the Spring 2018 semester. In this program, I have worked alongside Michelle Cordova who has a passion for advocating on immigration issues and has extensive knowledge in immigration rights and laws. 

Michelle is the leader of the Immigration Relief Project, which has been under her supervision since 2012. This program assists immigrants with immigration rights and relief, and fraud protection. In addition to helping numerous members of the community, the Immigration Relief Project refers many cases to lawyers and legal service providers. Also, the project is not limited to San Jose or Santa Clara County, as the program conducts mobile workshops on some Saturdays of the month in multiple cities and towns in the neighboring counties.

In this program, I have been fortunate to assist Michelle and see how effective her actions are to the community. I have witnessed firsthand how the program has proven to be a massive asset to the community. This experience of interning for the Immigration Relief Project allowed me to help others in ways I never imagined. 

This project needs volunteers on an ongoing  basis. People with time on Saturdays and Tuesday mornings are welcome to help out. (Bilingual Spanish/English is helpful as much of the time is spent at the Mexican Consulate.) 

Let us know if you would like to help: call (408) 297-2299 during office hours (M-F 4 to 7 PM) or write sjpjc [at] sanjosepeace.org to let us know how you would like to help. You can also fill out our volunteer application for more ways to become involved.