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Network Profiles

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our member agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles that will appear each month in Catholic Legal Immigration News.

Francisco Gonzalez

Immigration Program Manager, BIA
Catholic Charities CYO, San Francisco, CA

How many years have you spent working in immigration?

16 years

Why do you do this work?

I am an attorney in my country of origin, Cuba, and the legal field is my passion. Before coming to the United States, I lived in Sweden for a year as an undocumented alien. Having the legal background and having gone through the experience of being in need of legal help in a strange land gives me a very powerful incentive to do this job.

What do you love about your job?

It allows me to fulfill my passion for helping others with whom I share a bond: being an immigrant. 

How do you engage CLINIC?

CLINIC attorneys have played a fundamental role in my formation as a legal representative. I have represented more than 250 immigrants in court proceedings for over a decade. I could have never done it without CLINIC.