Geovanni Gutierrez Vivar Immigrant Justice Corps
Geovanni is a senior paralegal at Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC), providing supervisory support to the Community Fellowship Program. Geovanni joined IJC as Community Fellow in 2016 and worked on affirmative immigration benefits applications at two different sites during his fellowship. From there, IJC extended his fellowship and he focused on removal defense representation for families and unaccompanied minors where he screened hundreds of potential clients, and provided crucial litigation support to the Justice Fellows. Geovanni was granted full accreditation from the Department of Justice in April 2020. He was born and raised in Mexico, and in his teenage years, crossed the US-Mexican border. Geovanni lived undocumented for five years before he was able to adjust his status through SIJS.