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When a Client Becomes Family

Endy Ukoha-Ajike’s first assignment as an ALRP Panel attorney was life-changing for both himself and his client. An immigrant from Nigeria via England, he was just starting out his law career after graduating from Golden Gate University’s School of Law when a colleague suggested he volunteer with ALRP. “I was used to volunteering through my church,” Endy said. “I thought ALRP would be another great way for me to give back.”

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Once an Immigrant, Now an Immigration Attorney

Panel attorney Shawn Matloob recently made ALRP history when he helped one member of a same-sex couple obtain a green card. It was the first time an ALRP immigration client had obtained residency based on a same-sex marriage. “It’s great that this is now possible,” said Shawn, who practices immigration law in San Francisco.

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Guiding Clients on Their Path to Citizenship

ALRP Panel attorney Cara Jobson helps refugees remain lawfully in the Bay Area. ALRP clients have told us horrific stories of abuse, gang violence, and even sexual assault resulting from the disclosure of their sexual orientations and gender identities. Others have shared the difficulty of accessing HIV/AIDS-specific medications in countries with resource-poor or developing health systems.

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Robert Wins on Wrongful Termination

Robert was thrilled to resume working after being on disability leave for several years due to his HIV. “I work in sales and it’s a huge part of who I am,” he said. “I got recruited for a dream job and I felt really empowered again to be back at work. I put one hundred percent into it.” To make sure he could handle the demands of his job, Robert started with part-time hours until he felt confident that he could physically tolerate full-time work again.

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