These are stories of immigrants from around the world who have come to the Silicon Valley for various reasons, whether seeking asylum or a brighter future for themselves or their children. These immigrants struggled, and they've all needed help, and found it through different organizations, some of which are highlighted in the stories below. This page is devoted to sharing stories and also showing what specific organizations/services exist for the benefit of immigrants, from all walks of life.

When comprehensive immigration reform is passed in Congress, millions of immigrants will need to have basic English language skills necessary to meet citizenship requirements.

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When Elena Nikolaev, a Russian dermatologist, arrived in the United States in March 2006 she brought with her eleven years of prior medical experience. In Russia, she had been at the top of her field, conducting marketing research for read more »

Vicenta Casarrubias has been cleaning the buildings of Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) for the past eight years. She recalls that it was one of the only jobs available to her after immigrating to the U.S from her home town of Acapulco Mexico fourteen read more »

Grecia Lopez Neves came to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 12 years old. Now she attends Evergreen Valley College and wants to give back to the country she calls home. The new deferred action policy announced by the Obama Administration in June read more »

Guadalupe, mother of a 10- and 5-year-old, began attending the ESL classes two years ago as part of the Family Empowerment Program at GFS. When she began, she was not confident speaking in English. During parent-child conferences at school and read more »

Citizenship is expensive. Just ask Wendell Largo who is a former school teacher from the Philippines. He earns $9 an hour working at Walgreens and brings in just $1,100 a month. For millions of hard-working, low-income immigrants in America, the read more »