Aydee Joya: July 2013
Q. Tell us about yourself--do either you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
A. "I immigrated to the United States with my two sons after earning a law degree in Colombia. I became a U.S. citizen in 2010 and then completed the naturalization process for my two sons as well."
Q. How many times have you volunteered at our events? And what makes you keep coming back?
A. "I have volunteered about 8 times because the CUNY staff members make me feel comfortable with the honest way that they help various immigrant communities."
Q. What’s one of your most memorable moments as a volunteer with Citizenship Now? And why?
A. "Every moment as a volunteer with Citizenship Now is memorable to me because I enjoy helping people. When I was at LaGuardia Community College an elderly lady stopped me to ask for someone who spoke Spanish, because she did not feel comfortable speaking in English. So, I helped her with her N-400 application and explained to her that she qualified to take the exam in Spanish and she was very happy. She said that becoming a U.S. citizen was her greatest dream."
Q. Why do you volunteer with the NYC/CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps?
A. "I learn a lot from the lawyers and supervisors. They always help me with any immigration inquiries that I have. I also enjoy the interaction with other volunteers and seeing the faces of happiness and gratitude from the people who I help during the events."
Q. What is your favorite borough to volunteer at? And why?
A. "Queens, because it is much faster for me to get to the citizenship events."
Q. Outside of work and volunteering, tell us about some special hobbies or interests that you have?
A. "I like to visit new places inside or outside of New York. My special interest is to start my LLM in order to be admitted to take the Bar exam in New York."
Q. What is your favorite section of the volunteer newsletter “Citizenship Now! Monthly” and/or volunteer website?
A. "The recognition that CUNY makes to volunteers and the pictures of the Citizenship events."
Q. In what way(s) has volunteering with Citizenship Now! impacted you personally?
A. "I have been able to combine my job experience with the volunteer program, which helps strengthen my experience in the immigration field."
Q. Has your knowledge of immigration law improved because of the time you have spent volunteering with us? What have you learned?
A. "Yes, my knowledge of immigration law has improved. Volunteering and training with CUNY Citizenship Now has allowed me to learn more about immigration and stay up to date with any new laws or changes."