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Helping Educate the Immigrant Community about their Legal Rights

One of the goals of the Immigration Legal Assistance Project (ILAP) is to help educate the immigrant community about their legal rights. By knowing their rights, they can help themselves. By helping themselves, they can keep their families together. ILAP helps the community in two ways—providing accurate information about the immigration process and law, and by working with the Immigration Court to ensure that persons in deportation proceedings also know their rights.

Immigrant Families Receive Help from LACBA's Immigration Project
Luzvimida and her daughter, Larra,were reunited with help from the LACBA Immigration Project.


There are many “notarios” and consultants acting as though they are licensed attorneys. These unlicensed, unethical self-appointed immigration consultants illegally present themselves as lawyers and share inaccurate advice with their unsuspecting clients. By working with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration Court, ILAP has helped the immigrant community counter this wide spread abuse.

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Wells Fargo Bank Partners with LACBA to Help Veterans

LACBA's Veterans Legal Services Project gratefully acknowledges Wells Fargo's ongoing support of veterans in our community. Since the Project's inception three years ago, Wells Fargo has provided significant funding to help veterans remove legal barriers to employment.

"As a nation we must protect and honor those whom have courageously fought and served our country. It is why at Wells Fargo, when recruiting our team members, we work with talent resources that focus on diversity and veterans. Together with LACBA we are breaking down those legal barriers our service members shouldn't have to come home to face," said David DiCristofaro, lead region president of Wells Fargo in Greater Los Angeles.

Located at Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles, the Veterans Legal Services Project helps veterans' clear tickets and warrants that could result in suspension of their driver's license and prevent them from passing employee background checks. Removing these obstacles helps clear the way for veterans to find meaningful jobs, thereby reducing their risk of homelessness and giving them critical self-respect.

The Project helps veterans with:

  • Self Help Resolving Tickets and Warrants—We hold workshops to teach veterans how to clear outstanding tickets and warrants, often for minor infractions such as jaywalking and speeding, which, if left unaddressed, can become major barriers for veterans trying to secure a driver's license or employment.
  • Expungements: Clearing Criminal Record for Employment—Attorneys review expungement files and criminal documents, interview clients, draft petitions and declarations in complex cases, and prepare cases for filing. This is an area of high demand among veterans where the goal is to obtain dismissals of misdemeanor convictions, some of which may be a result of homelessness, because they prevent access to employment.
  • Reinstating California Driver Licenses—We assist veterans with reinstating their personal or commercial driver license. This service is linked to outstanding tickets and warrants because unresolved citations often lead to revocation of driver licenses.

Impact:  In 2015, the Veterans Legal Services Project assisted more than 450 people with an 80 percent success rate in helping clients clear their legal barriers to employment. This relief includes successful expungement of qualifying convictions, and can range from complete dismissal of citations and warrants to a reduction of fines and fees.

This success would not be possible without significant support from the community, Wells Fargo and other corporate partners.  On behalf of those we serve, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, thank you.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune's 2016 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially.

In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 16,300 nonprofits, ranking No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's rankings of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.86 million hours in 2015, serving more than 40,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo's corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing diversity and social inclusion. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories. For more information on Wells Fargo's commitment to community service, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving/

 

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