Born in Mexico, Luis Avalos is a DreamSF Fellow from this year’s 2015 cohort. Luis and his family immigrated to the United States when he was three years old. At the young age of six, Luis was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Atrophy, a condition which limits his eye sight. Growing up with a vision disability taught Luis to be proactive, confident, compassionate, and actively engaged with his community. Currently, he attends City College of San Francisco where he endeavors to transfer to a four year university in order to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy.
As a benefactor of DACA, Luis understands that he is very fortunate to have so many opportunities and resources within his reach, but acknowledges that many undocumented immigrants face significant barriers when accessing these very same resources. Luis aspires to attend law school one day where he plans to focus on immigration, civil, and/or criminal law. By doing so, he hopes to provide other immigrants an easier path to citizenship and, ultimately, prosperity.
Luis is placed at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Working alongside CARECEN’s legal team of experienced lawyers and paralegals, Luis assists Latino immigrants in accessing various forms of immigration relief such as DACA, U-Visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Asylum, Naturalization, and more.