Making the path to citizenship easy and affordable.
The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), a program of Pro Bono Net, is dedicated to expanding access to immigration legal resources and information through collaboration and technology. IAN was created in 2007 by leading immigrants' rights organizations, to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. We create our own tools, build platforms for others, and work with partners to harness the power of technology and collective action to better support immigrants and their advocates.
IAN and Pro Bono Net have won accolades from within the legal profession and beyond. We received the 2012 and 2017 Webby Award and Webby People’s Choice Award (the “Oscars of the Internet”) for Best Law Site for Citizenshipworks and Immi respectively, and the 2014 American Bar Association James I. Keane Memorial Award for Excellence in eLawyering. Immi is a ClearMark Award of Distinction winner for plain-language English in 2017. Immi won the 2018 ClearMark Award for best plain-language Spanish website.
Bringing safe and reliable information to immigrants everywhere.
Mobilizing immigrant allies across the country.
Building civic engagement and economic security for Latino communities nationwide.
Helping immigrant women protect themselves and each other.
Connecting immigrant communities to trustworthy legal information and resources.
As Director of IAN, Rodrigo works with local and national advocacy groups to develop new technology and resources for immigrants and their allies. Rodrigo was formerly Strategy Director at Purpose Campaigns where he developed digital advocacy campaigns and products for international NGOs and nonprofits. He also served as Executive Director of Business Growth Programs for the City of New York and is the former Executive Director of the Mixteca Organization - an immigrant services organization based in Brooklyn. As an immigrant himself, Rodrigo understands first-hand the challenges faced by many newly-arrived families and brings this experience to IAN's work every day.
Pat brings nearly 20 years immigration law and project management experience to her role as Associate Director. She helps manage staff and programs; and, writes legal content for IAN's online resources. Pat previously worked at Catholic Legal Immigration Network. (CLINIC), where she managed local outreach projects, represented immigrants in proceedings, trained and supported immigration practitioners, and recruited pro bono counsel to represent immigrant children. Prior to CLINIC, she worked at Proyecto Libertad in Harlingen, Texas and AYUDA in Washington, D.C. Her interest in the work comes from a strong sense of history, and a passion for social justice.
Community Engagement Coordinator
As Community Engagement Coordinator at IAN, Zizi ensures that our legal technology tools are accessible and reaching diverse immigrant communities. Recently, Zizi worked with the San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives to develop recommendations for modernizing the SF City ID to be inclusive of and useful to trans people. Prior to joining IAN, Zizi was the LGBTQ+ Organizer and Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights (CHIRLA). Zizi holds a Master's in Public Policy from Mills College and is deeply passionate about creating a world where immigrants and refugees are free to thrive.
Field Support Associate
Connie helps partners and the public use Citizenshipworks, IAN’s free online tool for citizenship applicants. She discovered her passion for building the power of immigrant communities at the Phillips Brooks House Association, while teaching citizenship classes for Chinese immigrants in Greater Boston. Connie previously interned at the National Partnership for New Americans and the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund. She currently is cooking her way through a book of Instant Pot recipes.
Volunteer Outreach and Resource Coordinator
Nancy is the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Vista at IAN. Her role is to help immigration nonprofits build capacity and fill in the resource gap by creating materials to assist both volunteers and nonprofits. She was a Partners for Change Fellow at the City College of New York, where she studied the intersections of mass incarceration and immigration policies and conducted a participatory action research project to study students' impressions of campus mental health services. She graduated from Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York with a B.A. in history and political science in May 2018. Nancy is the child of Brazilian immigrants, is fluent in Portuguese, and loves graphic novels.
Senior Technical Project Manager
Simon works closely with IAN staff to help plan and implement various technology initiatives. This includes helping plan out and write requirements for developers, create custom reports and consult on technical options and processes. Simon has about 20 years of experience in IT, covering a wide range of experiences, from development and reporting to project, staff and client management. Most of his experiences have been in the nonprofit world, helping resource strapped clients use technology to improve their processes. As a recently naturalized citizen of the United States, immigration is of special interest to Simon, and he is a strong supporter of improving access to justice for immigrants.
Since 2010, Ken has steered projects at IAN from concept to fruition. From website design and development to mobile app creation, he has worked on nearly every program in IAN’s portfolio, with a current emphasis on Citizenshipworks and immi. Prior to that, Ken provided in-the-field resettlement services to newly-arrived refugees and directed program delivery for resettlement at Church World Service. Ken lives in New Jersey with his son and two cats and spends his spare time at the beach, travelling, and listening to loud music.
Sandra Sandoval Chavarria
Citizenshipworks Program Manager
Sandra joined the Immigration Advocates Network in October 2013. As Citizenshipworks Program Manager, Sandra leads strategy implementation and assists in product development of Citizenshipworks – a free online tool that helps individuals apply for citizenship. Prior to joining IAN, Sandra worked with San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement (SAIYM), a youth-led movement to empower undocumented youth by providing resources, tools, and guidance to help navigate the higher education system. Sandra is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and received an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
As the Program Manager for immi, Sebastian creates and coordinates online immigration law resources to empower people without legal status. He has over a decade of immigration law experience, including being the Director of Legal Services for Catholic Charities of the East Bay, and the International Institute of the Bay Area, both based in Oakland, CA, and an Adjudications Officer for USCIS in San Francisco, CA. When not at work, Sebastian enjoys making beer at home and camping.