Immigration justice

Immigration Justice

Working tirelessly for immigrant rights and dignity in San Mateo County, including the rights and dignity of immigrants without documentation.

Sister Joan Marie O’Donnell

Working Group


Joan Marie O’Donnell


  • Lauren McCombs
  • Adriana Guzman
  • Tovis Page
  • Ann Duncan

Cohort members speak out for immigration justice at community rallies.


  • Deportation Defense Fund press conference
  • “Papers Do Not Define Our Humanity” press conference
  • Lights for Liberty Rally
  • Letter to BOS requesting support for undocumented immigrants
  • Petition in coordination with Faith in Action Bay Area (FIABA) for emergency funds for undocumented immigrants
  • Meeting with FIABA and Jackie Speier’s office on citizenship for essential workers
  • Truth Act Forums 2019-2022, speaking to pressure the Sheriff to stop cooperating with ICE (he publicly agreed to stop transfers in 2022)
  • Pathway to Citizenship Vigil outside Nancy Pelosi’s office
  • Letter to SM Board of Supervisors asking to end ICE transfers from SMC
  • Phone banking to advocate for a “clean” DREAM Act
  • Helped organize an Immigration Dignity Summit where over thirty-five faith leaders, city and county officials, and non-profit leaders came together to strategize about how to lift up the dignity and rights of immigrants in San Mateo County
  • Several cohort members participated in an action to end border militarization and support the human right to seek asylum in San Diego
  • With FIABA, organized a press conference responding to ICE’s threats to conduct targeted arrests of undocumented immigrants


Editorials from the Cohort in the San Mateo Daily Journal.

Sessions & Presentations

Cohort sessions with a focus on immigration include the following:

  • Immigration History, Dreamers, and Prospect for Reform with Dr. Bill Hing of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Karen Ferguson of CORA
  • Immigration, white fragility and infinite gratitude with Jorge Bautista and Sharon Jacob
  • Immigration Rights with Dr. Bill Hing of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center