Free Legal Immigration Services

FREE Immigration Legal Services
CAB's Santa Cruz Immigration Project & Cabrillo Collaboration

The purpose of the Community College Immigration Legal Services program is to provide free immigration legal services, including education and outreach services, to students, staff, and faculty on California community college campuses statewide.

The State of California’s 2018-19 Budget provided an initial $10 million investment for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to administer and implement immigration legal services at California community colleges. The initial investment allowed CDSS to fund nine legal service providers to serve 65 colleges. CDSS is partnering with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges to ensure students, staff, and faculty at these colleges are able to access free immigration legal services. Cabrillo is honored to have been selected as one of the 65 colleges able to host CAB's Santa Cruz County Immigration Project.

FREE Immigration Legal Services
Services Offered
  • Immigration Legal Consultations

  • Naturalization to US Citizenship

  • Family-Based Visa Petitions

  • Consular Processing

  • Adjustments of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident

  • Removal of Conditions from Permanent Resident

  • Renewals of Green Cards

  • DACA and Work Permits

  • Advance Parole Travel Permits

  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

  • U-Visa for Trafficking Victims

  • VAWA Petitions

  • Waivers of Inadmissibility

  • Policy Advocacy

  • Community Education

Lily A. Sturgis

Lily Ana W. Sturgis is an attorney at the Immigration Project of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. She received her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 2009. Previously, Lily worked as an Attorney with Rubicon Legal Services, as the Managing Attorney of Catholic Charities of the East Bay’s Concord office, as an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Michael K. Mehr, and as an Attorney at the Law Office of Maura B. Petersen. Lily specializes in family-based immigration including waivers, naturalization, and immigration relief for victims of crime (U Visa and VAWA). Lily joined CAB in 2019 to create and manage a U Visa caseload. Though born in the United States, Lily was a child of immigrants who fled Nicaragua during their civil war. As such, she is intimately familiar with the struggles that the immigrant and indigent communities face and has committed her career to give a voice to the voice-less. In her free time, Lily can be found exploring local parks, coastlines, and mountains with her husband and two children.

Ben Waller
CAB's Immigration Project
Teresita Estupinan, A.S. - Immigration Project Ambassador

I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to the United States when I was 21 years old. Education has always been my goal. In 2020, I graduated from Cabrillo College with an A.S. in Early Childhood Education(ECE). My career background has been connecting students and their families with resources. As a single parent, non-native speaker with an Immigrant background I recognize the barriers many of our families face. I am happy to share that as a Cabrillo student I received so much support in completing my goals and now I will have the opportunity to give back to my community. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son, hiking, enjoying nature, riding bikes, and going out for a walk. If you have any questions please contact me at: