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For Immediate Release

Redwood City Hosting Swearing-in Ceremony for New Citizens

Redwood City, CA - September 10, 2012 -The City of Redwood City and its Fair Oaks Community Center are partnering with the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) to host a swearing-in ceremony for 21 new citizens. Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre will be the keynote speaker at the event, to welcome and congratulate these brand-new citizens.

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 2:00 pm
    Fair Oaks Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
    2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

Note - photo opportunities at this event include up to 21 immigrants being sworn-in as US citizens. In addition, some of these new citizens, plus other Redwood City residents who became citizens recently, may be available for interviews.

It’s my great pleasure to welcome these new citizens to the community, and congratulate them for their hard work and success on their path to citizenship,” said Mayor Aguirre. “As new citizens, they can enjoy a greater sense of community, and will be able to more fully participate as proud, productive members of the community.”

The International Institute of the Bay Area (, has been part of this community and housed at Redwood City’s Fair Oaks Community Center since 1974, providing legal advice and assistance to help individuals and families begin their path to U.S. citizenship. “We’re so proud of all the hard-working immigrants we’ve helped to become citizens over the years,” said IIBA Executive Director Ellen Dumesnil. “The thriving public-private partnership with Redwood City and the USCIS is critical in helping to create a path to citizenship for those who live in this community. Everyone benefits when community members become citizens. Thanks to the USCIS and Redwood City, we’re able to continue to provide that path, and continue to help change the lives of immigrants in our communities.”

The swearing-in ceremony is conducted by the USCIS (, an agency of the Federal Government which oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS also provides funding to groups like the IIBA to help ensure immigrants have an opportunity to obtain direct, local assistance with taking the appropriate path to citizenship.

Immediately following the ceremony, a welcoming reception for the new citizens will be hosted by the IIBA and Redwood City Together, a collaboration of caring community members and organizations working to build a stronger, inclusive, and welcoming community. Redwood City Together believes the community is most successful when we appreciate our shared values and build on the strength of our diversity. The group focuses on the understanding that people from all backgrounds want safe streets for our children, neighbors who look out for each other and a thriving community where we can prosper together.

The IIBA is also grateful for the contributions and volunteer efforts of many community members throughout the Bay Area, who share an understanding of the fundamental importance of helping immigrants become U.S. citizens. Volunteers are a cornerstone of their work and critically important in the success of those who are eager to become citizens

Redwood City’s Fair Oaks Community Center is a central “clearing house” for many services that help those in need throughout our community. In addition to the immigration and citizenship services offered there by the IIBA, other services offered by City staff and the non-profit agencies on-site include emergency food service, PG&E assistance, help with basic health needs for uninsured individuals and families, homelessness assessment and referral and housing assistance, crisis intervention,  basic forms and translations assistance, senior wellness and counseling, and 12 step support groups. The Fair Oaks Community Center website is located at, by clicking on “Community Centers” and then “Fair Oaks.”

The Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, as well as social, educational, and cultural activities, as well as human services and information referral. Its website is located at

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Teri Chin, Manager
Fair Oaks Community Center

Ellen Dumesnil, Executive Director
International Institute of the Bay Area
415-538-8100 x215

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