His life changed when he found BakerRipley’s Immigration and Citizenship Program.
BakerRipley is working with partners to identify and assist separated parents as they are gradually identified in Houston detention centers.
BakerRipley does not support families being torn apart who are fleeing to our southern border for safety. We cannot stand for a reality that is defined in this way. It is not [HUMAN](https://www.bakerripley.org/HUMAN/index.html).
No matter where you stand on the issue, most would agree U.S. immigration policy is complex, confusing and controversial.
Santosh was forced to flee Nepal in 2014. He had to wait three years to reunite with his wife and meet his daughter for the first time.
When people arrived at [In Good Company](https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/events/in-good-company), they were given a nametag – with someone else’s name.
This year so far, we were able to screen more than 800 community members and help them apply for citizenship at our forums. We directly represented an additional 160 community members in their citizenship cases – including Juan Corona— read his story.
Ending DACA is cruel and devastating for our community, but at BakerRipley we’re working around the clock to assist our neighbors.
Targeted for being a lesbian and a former police officer Doris and her daughter fled El Salvador seeking asylum. Leslie Crow, one of our immigration attorneys, writes about her improbable story.
BakerRipley recently hosted international visitors at our neighborhood center in Gulfton. We asked one of our guests, Petra van Leeuwen, an advisor and trainer at Movisie, the Netherlands Centre for Social Development, to share some thoughts on her experience in Houston.
The economic, political and social climate will continue to evolve, but our core mission to improve the lives of our neighbors and communities will always be the same.
Zuhal Kakar remembers feeling sad when she couldn’t go outside to play with her friends. She lived in fear and kids rarely ventured outside.
For more than 110 years we’ve been welcoming people to our city and our centers. Staying true to our roots in the Settlement House Movement, our mission has never changed. We exist to keep Houston a place of opportunity for all.
Joaquin and Catalina, permanent residents for 36 years, finally took the plunge to become citizens to vote in this year’s election. Watch their story.