Important Links

Immigrant Forum Starting in January 2020, the Office of Community Affairs, Immigrant Services team, is the leader and facilitator of the San Mateo County Immigrant Forum, established in 2014.

SMC Removal Defense Fund & Rapid Response NetworkIn September 2018, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved funding to support a rapid response network and local non-profit legal service organizations to assist in representing San Mateo County residents in removal defense. They have continued this funding through August 2022!

County Language Access Services Available With support from the Board of Supervisors, all County staff now have access to interpretation services for over 200 unique languages. Residents can visit any County department and be helped with the language of their choice. 

Welcoming WeekThe Office of Community Affairs is pleased to recognize and celebrate Welcoming Week each year in September. Welcoming Week is an annual campaign and celebration to showcase the movement of communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including migrants.

Immigrant Services Spotlight Series

We host a monthly Spotlight event featuring providers that serve our immigrant community. Tune in to the live event at 5pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month on the County of San Mateo's Facebook page. See below to watch events from previous months. 

Immigrant Services Spotlight Series 2023
Date Topic Link
Jan. 18, 2023 New Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans & Venezuelans YouTube
Feb. 22, 2023 Filing Taxes as an Immigrant / Declaración de impuestos para inmigrantes YouTube
Nov. 13, 2013 Responder al Odio / Responding to Hate Facebook
Immigrant Services Spotlight Series: 2022
Date Topic Link
December 2022 Benefits & Public Charge Update / 

Actualización de los Beneficios y la Carga Pública

November 2022

Resources for Victims of Crime & How to Report a Hate Crime / 
Recursos para víctimas de crimenes y cómo denunciar un crimen de odio

October 2022 How, Where, & When 
to Vote /
Cómo, dónde y 
cuándo votar /
何時、何處  如何投票
September 2022 Welcoming Week Events

Know Your Rights / Conozca sus derechos (9/13/22)

Refugee & Asylee Benefits, Services and Health Access in San Mateo County (9/14/22)

August 10, 2022 Coastside Services YouTube
July 20, 2022 How You Can Support Refugees & Immigrants: Uniting for Ukraine & Co-Sponsorship YouTube
June 2022 Immigrant Heritage Month

Celebration of Immigrant Heritage and Poetry Open Mic (6/8/22)

Wellness & Mental Health in the Immigrant Community (6/15/22)

Immigrant Contributions to San Mateo County (6/22/22)

El bienestar y salud mental en la comunidad inmigrante (6/29/22)

May 11, 2022 Older Adults Month YouTube
April 13, 2022

Employment (Spanish)

March 9, 2022 Employment YouTube
Feb. 10, 2022 Teen Dating Violence Awareness YouTube
Jan. 19, 2022 Food and Nutrition Part 2: Coast YouTube


Immigrant Services Spotlight Series: 2021
Date Topic Link
Dec. 15, 2021 Food and Nutrition Part 1 YouTube
Nov 17, 2021 Digital Abuse YouTube
Oct. 13, 2021 National Domestic Violence Month YouTube
Sep. 15, 2021 Hispanic Heritage YouTube
Aug. 11, 2021 Education YouTube
July 14, 2021 Youth Empowerment YouTube
June 23, 2021 Immigrant Services (Mandarin) YouTube
June 16, 2021 Immigration Services (Tagalog) YouTube
June 9, 2021 Immigration Services (Spanish) YouTube
May 12, 2021 Asian American & Pacific Islander Month YouTube
Apr. 14, 2021 Citizenship & Immigration YouTube
Mar. 10, 2021 Employment YouTube
Feb. 10, 2021 Black History Month YouTube
Jan. 13, 2021 Housing YouTube


Immigrant Services Spotlight Series: 2020
Date Topic Link
Dec. 9, 2020 Legal Services YouTube
Nov. 12, 2020 Mental Health & Well Being YouTube