October 22, 2014

Refugee and Immigration Services

Lupe came to the United States three days after she learned to walk. Her parents fled the violence and horror of gang warfare in search of a better life for their daughter. Lupe excelled in school, learning English with ease and earning top grades year after year. Lupe dreamed of becoming a lawyer so that she could fight for the rights of others. She was shocked and devastated when her mother told her that she could not attend college because she had no legal status in the country she had called home for 16 years. A week later, a school counselor told Lupe about Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigrant Services (RIS). With the help of RIS staff, Lupe applied for and received legal status that will allow her to work and attend college through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Lupe began her prelaw studies at San Francisco State University this fall.