Founding | 1986 Timelines: La Maestra History

La Maestra Amnesty Center is founded in the City Heights community of San Diego.

The educational center provides services to help refugees and immigrants gain permanent residency and citizenship, including classes in ESL, Civics and US History, a child literacy program, vocational trainings and placement, small business development assistance, translation, and help to complete applications and prepare for residency and citizenship exams and interviews with INS. Volunteers from the center go to homes to photograph and fingerprint disabled applicants and assist them with applications.