Ana Davila: August 2012
Ana Davila joined the Volunteer Corp as a way to contribute to the community:
Q. Tell us about yourself--do either you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
A. "My parents were born in Puerto Rico and thus were automatically American citizens and did not have to go through the legal immigration process, but the immigration experience was the same as that experienced today by immigrants to the United States. They encountered difficulties with language, employment, and with just being accepted. I did not fully understand or speak English well until about the fourth grade, although I was born in New York City."
Q. Which is your favorite borough to volunteer at? And why?
A. "Brooklyn. I live in Brooklyn and I think it is a great place to live and work!."
Q. Why do you volunteer with the NYC/CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps?
A. "I think it is a great way to contribute to the community."
Q. Has your knowledge of immigration law improved because of the time you have spent volunteering with us? What have you learned?
A. "Yes. I've learned how to immediately spot problems in the application process and how to correct them, if possible. I've also learned about resources available to immigrants."
Q. What do you enjoy most at our events?
A. "The diversity of people served and seeing their happy faces at the end of the process! I am also very happy to see so many CUNY Law School graduates working and/or volunteering at these events. Some of these lawyers were my students at CUNY Law School."
Q. What are you looking forward to at the next event?
A. "Meeting new people and acquiring more knowledge and skills about immigration law."
Q. Outside of work and volunteering, tell us about some special hobbies or interests that you have?
A. "To relax I love to read suspense/mystery novels, listen to music and spend time with my family. This month I plan to begin taking guitar lessons."