Alicia Flores, founder/owner of La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Youth and Family Center, works with Agustin Ivan Gallegos Guzman in Oxnard.
A stepping stone to U.S. citizenship: Alicia Flores of La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Youth and Family Center in Oxnard
Founded in 2005 by Alicia Flores
, the center has proved an invaluable resource for the immigrant community of Ventura County
"The purpose is to help the underserved.
This is a grass-roots organization and [we] want to serve the community by helping them to adjust to a new country, to know what their rights are," says Flores
These crimes against community members are what motivated Flores
to create this resource.
"Our community is very vulnerable in the immigration process.
I heard about a lot of [people] becoming victims of abuse; they are promised a process and they [the people who promised the process] commit fraud.
They are promised a work permit and they [the people who promised the process] will just take their money or even put them on deportation," Flores
"They put themselves last," Flores
said on the matter of the difficulties immigrants face in their process of pursuing citizenship.
words to English as he
spoke, "It was my goal and my dream in life to become a US citizen, and I am very pleased to have received my training here to be able to do so.
The teachers are good, and have many, many strengths; it's nice.
I'm very excited [to vote]!"
The people receiving aid from the center, however, aren't the only ones reaping the benefits.
"I have learned a lot," Flores
"It's been very satisfying for me, and a blessing. ...
For more information, contact Alicia Flores
at 483-4620 for inquiries, or visit the center at 520 W. Fifth St., #D, Oxnard.