LIBRE serves San Mateo County immigrant communities.  Many immigrants do not apply for government benefits because they think receiving benefits will affect their immigration options, or expose their family to negative consequences.  LIBRE aims to educate our immigrant community about the different safety net services available, link them to specific agencies in their communities that can assist them with the enrollment process, and provide accurate information concerning their immigration options.   LIBRE also provides limited immigration representation and assistance, including consultations and assistance with VAWA, U VISA, and SIJS for teen parents and their families and other vulnerable immigrants.

LIBRE is a collaborative project comprised of trusted community partners including the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Redwood City 2020, Nuestra Casa, Coastside Hope, the Belle Haven Community School, the Redwood City Community Schools, and the San Mateo County Human Services Agency. We work with three assistor locations - JobTrain in Menlo Park, Coastside Hope in El Granada and the Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City - to provide holistic client services.  LIBRE provides legal advice and representation related to:

  • Medi-Cal

  • CalFresh (food stamps)

  • CalWORKs

  • Social Security/SSI/CAPI

  • U Visa (immigration relief for crime survivors)

  • VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

  • SIJS (immigration relief for minor survivors of parental abuse, neglect, or abandonment)

  • Certain other immigration cases

You can arrange to meet with a LIBRE attorney by calling 650-517-8936 to schedule an appointment.

If you need help applying for Public Benefits you can go to one of our Assistors Locations:

East Palo Alto/Belle Haven @ Job Train
1200 O'Brian Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Redwood City @ Fair Oaks Community Center
2600 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063

Half Moon Bay @ Coastside Hope
99 Avenue Alhambra
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Teen Parents Immigration Aid

Legal Aid’s Teen Parents’ Project provides confidential answers to teen parents’ questions as well as legal representation and advice, and teens are welcome to call just to ask questions. We help abused teens apply for immigration relief such as U Visas for themselves and their families, Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Legal Aid keeps all information confidential – which means that we will not tell anyone what our teen clients tell us unless they give us permission or tell us they are planning to commit a serious crime that could hurt someone else.

Proposed Public Charge Regulations - Current Status

Update June 26, 2019: The Trump Administration has not yet adopted proposed regulations that would punish immigrants for accessing basic needs programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance. Until formally adopted, there are no changes to “public charge” immigration rules. Go to for more information or see brochure:


Update October 10, 2018: The Trump administration has just posted a proposed regulation that would punish immigrants for accessing basic needs programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance. We can all do something TODAY to Protect Families. Your comments are the one way to stop this. Go to We have 60 days to submit our objections.


How can you protect your family and yourself from ICE? MAPA

Here are 4 easy steps for you to act on NOW. Download MAPA for easy access!

  1. In case of ICE contact or sightings, call the Rapid Response hotline at 1-203-666-4472.

  2. Know your rights. Keep the red card handy at all times.

  3. Have a plan for you and your family in case someone is detained.

  4. Contact an immigration attorney about your legal options before speaking or signing anything.

LIBRE Partners

Belle Haven Community School
(650) 330-2274
K-8 Elementary School within the Ravenswood City School District serving students in East Palo Alto and Northern Menlo Park - the Belle Haven Neighborhood.


Coastside Hope
(650) 726-9071
Core Service Center serving El Granada, Half Moon Bay, Miramar, Montara, & Moss Beach


Nuestra Casa
(650) 330-7482
Community education organization dedicated to increasing civic participation and promoting economic self-sustainability of the Latino immigrant population of East Palo Alto and the area served by the Ravenswood City School District.


Redwood City 2020
(650) 423-2207
A collaboration involving 8 public and nonprofit organizations that serve children, youth and families that live in Redwood City and unincorporated North Fair Oaks.


San Mateo Human Services Agency
(650) 802-7500

You can read more about LIBRE at the program's website: or by calling (650) 517-8936.

Legal Aid would like to thank the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, San Mateo County Health Care for the Homeless/Farmworker Health Program of the San Mateo County Medical Center, the Heising-Simons Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program, the Grove Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, AT&T, and individual donors for their funding support of LIBRE.