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About Me

Founding director and attorney at Social Justice Collaborative, a nonprofit immigration and criminal defense legal services organization in Oakland.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Tamil

Practice Areas


  1. Immigration: 75%
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
  3. Appeals: 10%
  4. Civil Rights: 5%



Fixed (Always), Pro Bono (50%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

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    Natalia Santanna Immigration Attorney
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Contact Info

Social Justice Collaborative

420 3rd Street
Suite 130
Oakland, CA, 94607



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Human Corps AwardUniversity of California, Davis2007
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorJohn F. Kennedy School Of Law2015 - Present
AttorneySocial Justice Collaborative2012 - Present
ProfessorAshford University2013 - 2014
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Lawyers GuildBoard Member2015 - Present
Jack London Development AssociationBoard Member2014 - 2015
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Lawyers GuildMember2013 - Present
Queen's BenchMember2013 - Present
California Secretary of StateNotary Public2013 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney2012 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2012 - Present
Student Animal Legal Defense FundPresident2010 - 2012
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Matter of H.B.Granted
Matter of C.V.HRelief granted
Matter of A.B.Granted
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Publication NameTitleDate
Bar Association of San Francisco BulletinUSCIS Stateside I-601A Family Hardship Waiver2013
Pace Law ReviewUsing Non-Profits to Serve Charitable Goals of Social Businesses in the United States2012
National Law ReviewA Void for Vagueness: Florida’s Confinement Law2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - DavisAnthropologyN/AN/A
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Mayor's Forum for YouthDACA, DAPA & The Surge2015
JCYCImmigration Benefits for Noncitizens2014
BYAStreet Law for Students2014
2014 NLG Far West ConferenceImmigration and Criminal Defense Ethics2014
Kaiser Permanente, Walnut Creek, CAImmigration Screening for Healthcare Professionals2013
Eritrean Youth for ChangeAsylum Law for Refugees2013
Ecology CenterStreet Law for Students2013
Center for Survivors of Torture, San Jose, CAImmigration Issues for Survivors of Violence2013
2nd Annual Dream SummitDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)2013