Carlos - November 2016

The US legal system is a vast and complex world of paperwork and court dates. At just 20 years old, Carlos got into some trouble with the law. Since the age of four, Carlos has lived in the United States with his mother and younger brother. Now, due to an error in judgment, Carlos’ US residency was being questioned and he feared he would be deported given his recent charges.

After spending five days in jail, Carlos was lucky enough to be released through bond and returned to his family. The moment he was released, Carlos attempted to tackle the justice system on his own, seeking out help from agencies along the way. Unfortunately, the services available to him were not able to provide adequate assistance and Carlos again feared for his safety. Carlos also sought advice from neighbors to apply for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), but was denied due to improper filing. “I went into panic mode,” Carlos recalls. “After finishing high school, I just started working. My Dad went back to Mexico and all of a sudden I was the head of the household and responsible for paying the bills and taking care of my mother and little brother. I feared this mistake would cost my family their future in the United States.”

Carlos soon found Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) and immediately began to receive legal guidance. Through the help of the dedicated team with SFBFS’ Immigration Legal Services, Carlos was able to apply and qualify for DACA. Elvira, one of SFBFS’ recently Accredited BIA Representatives, was responsible for Carlos’ case and “was exceptional,” explains Carlos. “She always responded quickly and really appeared to care about the well-being of both me and my family.” Through her support, Carlos now has a two-year work permit to lawfully work and support his family in the United States. Since then, Carlos has secured employment as a driver for John Deere and plans to re-apply for DACA when this permit expires. “I’ve definitely referred other friends and family to SFBFS,” shares Carlos. “I want those in similar situations to know that there are options. I’m very grateful for SFBFS’ help.”

If you or someone you know is in need of legal guidance, please call (916) 456-1980 and ask to speak with our Immigration Legal Services team. Or, visit our Web site to learn more.

Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:

November 2016 - Carlos (Immigration Legal Services)
October 2016 - Erisan (Youth Education)
September 2016 - Alcaraz-Diaz Family (Health & Nutrition)
August 2016 - Mehry Family (Refugee Resettlement)
July 2016 - Megan and Zaire (Parent Education)
June 2016 - Rosalyn (SMUD)
May 2016 - Nathan (Adult Education)
April 2016 - Target Excellence (Food Access)
March 2016 - Carmen (Clothing program)
February 2016 - Ramona (Holiday Recap)
January 2016 - Frankie Rumsey (CalFresh Outreach)

December 2015 - Montoya Green (Parent Education)
November 2015 - Latdavanh Reyes (Adult Education)
October 2015 - Jamie Monroe (Adult Education)
September 2015 - Heart for the Hungry (Partner Agency)
August 2015 - Samaya Ridgeway (Youth Education)
July 2015 - Nematullah Sarvary (Refugee Resettlement)
June 2015 - Denise Ford (Demonstration Garden)
May 2015 - Joanne Fleming (Clothing)
March 2015 - Adriana Santoyo (Youth Education)
February 2015 - Inna Kushnirchuk (Parent Ed)
January 2015 - Ebenezer Christian Church (Partner Agency)


December 2014 - Mercy Housing (Partner Agency)
November 2014 - Kenneth Holder (Food Access)
September 2014 - Yvonne Davis (Senior)
August 2014 - Rahimi Family (Youth Education)
July 2014 - Kevin Wiley (Parent Education)
June 2014 - Krash Munoz (Youth Education)
May 2014 - Virgina Saucedo (Adult Education) 
April 2014 - Sherrie Kelley (Demonstration Garden)
March 2014 - Theodore Williams (Food Access)
February 2014 - Maria Perez (Parent Education)
January 2014 - Francine Murchinson (Clothing)