Date and Time:
05/02/2018 11:00am to 12:30pm PDT
Recorded Date:
Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:00am
Ann Block
Ariel Brown
Sally Kinoshita
1.5 CA

The I-864 Affidavit of Support is one of the most important components of family-based immigration cases. For most petitioning family members, it is required to show financial support for the beneficiary family member to prove they will not rely on the U.S. government for financial support after they immigrate.

Join us to learn who needs to file an Affidavit of Support, the different kinds of sponsors including joint sponsors, substitute sponsors, and household members, the obligations and responsibilities of sponsors, how to demonstrate that a sponsor meets the financial requirements, and how to complete and file the Affidavit of Support.


Ann Block

Ann Block is a Contract Attorney based in Davis and San Francisco. She has been with ILRC part-time since 2009 and also maintains a private practice in Davis, California. Ann has expertise in family immigration, naturalization and citizenship, VAWA and U visas, removal defense and extensive experience with immigration consequences of criminal convictions. She provides technical assistance through the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program, mentoring and assisting nonprofit attorneys and staff, public defenders and private attorneys with a wide variety of immigration law questions and cases. She has contributed to several ILRC manuals, including Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit; Families and Immigration; Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship; and Inadmissibility & Deportability, and has authored articles, presented webinars and served as a panelist on marriage immigration issues, adjustment of status, U visas, and criminal immigration for ILRC, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG).

Prior to ILRC, Ann gained extensive private and nonprofit experience as a staff attorney for Park & Associates, Catholic Charities in San Mateo, the International Institute of San Francisco and her own solo private practice. Ann has also served on the California State Bar’s Immigration and Nationality Law Commission (INLAC), the entity which certifies attorneys as immigration law specialists, including as both Vice-Chair and Chair of INLAC.

Ann earned her law degree from the University of California at Davis where she represented clients through the Prison Law Clinic and Immigration Law Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she double-majored in psychology and political science. Ann is admitted to the bar in California and is conversant in Spanish, with working knowledge of written French.

Ariel Brown

Ariel joined the ILRC in April 2017 to assist with manuals, practice advisories, and the ILRC’s Attorney of the Day legal technical assistance program.  Prior to joining the ILRC, Ariel spent five years in private practice with the Sacramento immigration firm Schoenleber & Waltermire, PC, where she worked on a broad range of immigration cases spanning removal defense, family-based adjustment of status and consular processing, DACA, naturalization, SIJS, U visas, and VAWA.  She also briefly volunteered with the International Institute of the Bay Area in Oakland, and Catholic Charities of the East Bay in Richmond.  Ariel is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law where she was a student advocate in the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, assisting with cancellation of removal cases for indigent noncitizens, and an editor for the Journal of International Law and Policy.  She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from UCLA.  Ariel is admitted to the California state bar.

Sally Kinoshita

Sally Kinoshita is the ILRC’s Deputy Director based in San Francisco. She has worked at the ILRC since 2001 and currently manages a number of ILRC’s programs, oversees the ILRC’s marketing and grants work, and leads collaboratives of legal services providers, community based organizations and other sectors. She has co-authored a number of publications including The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime (ILRC), The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants (ILRC), Immigration Benchbook for Juvenile and Family Court Judges (ILRC), and Application of Protection Remedies for Victims of Domestic Abuse, Human Trafficking, and Crime under U.S. Law to Persons Physically Present in the U.S. Territories (Family Violence Prevention Fund).

Prior to working at the ILRC, Sally was a Staff Attorney at Asian Law Caucus and a consultant with ASISTA, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and Family Violence Prevention Fund/Futures Without Violence. During law school, she worked with the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, ACLU of Northern California, and California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation.

Sally is currently a member of the Leadership Council of Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) and has served as a Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section Advisory Board Member and Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) Steering Committee Member.

Sally earned her law degree from the University of California at Davis. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in sociology. She is admitted to the California bar and is conversant in Spanish.