Sandra Becerra – Paralegal
I am originally from Mexicali, B.C., Mexico but my parents moved our family to the U.S. when I was five years old in search for better opportunities for our family’s future. I grew up in El Centro, California, a small, desert border town that is plagued with Border Patrol agents. As a teenager, I often had to walk by an immigration detention center on my way back home from school and would sometimes spot detainees (through a tall wire fence) being allowed some time outside of their cells. Seeing these detainees—whose only offense was to not have legal status in this country—in shackles and orange jumpsuits made me feel extremely indignant and frustrated with our legal system.
I obtained my B.A. in 2009 and majored in Political Science/ International Relations from the University of California San Diego. It was at UCSD that I developed a deep sense of social justice and began working in the legal immigration field in 2008. As a Legal Assistant for private immigration defense attorneys in San Diego, I had the opportunity to work closely with attorneys who were fighting the deportation of detained individuals. I moved to the Bay Area in 2011 to continue fighting for immigrant rights and later became a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative through my work at Catholic Charities San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin. Besides being knowledgeable in the full-spectrum of immigration law, I also specialize in providing Know-Your-Rights presentations for the community and love making people feel empowered to make their voices heard and join me in the fight to create a more just and equitable immigration system.
Whenever possible, I like to incorporate my love for art into my work and encourage others to explore their creative side as well! I enjoy spending as much time as I can outdoors admiring nature or going to the beach on a warm day with my dogs.