Rimon Elkotbeid, a first generation immigrant to the U.S. and son of Egyptian asylees in Germany, was born and raised in Germany before coming to the U.S. in 2001 at 11 years old. Having come to the U.S. under his father's Visa, which expired in 2006 and led to Rimon becoming undocumented, has shown Rimon first-hand the struggles many undocumented immigrants have to face. Even after doing well in high school and being accepted to UCLA right after, Rimon believed his future to be hopeless when he realized that he wasn't able to pay for school because of his undocumented status.
Thankfully an attorney by the name of David took compassion on his family and helped his family obtain Visas in 2010 and green cards in 2014 (all pro bono). This act of kindness, in conjunction with Rimon's insistence to persevere, as is so prevalent among immigrants, allowed Rimon to transfer to UCLA and graduate there in 2015.
Rimon began as a volunteer at CHIRLA in 2014, and in 2016 came on full time as a Legal Clerk as part of the DACA team in the Legal Services Department at CHIRLA. Rimon currently finds himself busy helping DACA grantees renew their DACA grants, help young immigrants apply for DACA the first time, and help DACA grantees re-enter the U.S. through the Advanced Parole program. Rimon is on his way to become a BIA Accredited Representative and believes his calling is one of giving back in the way he himself has received.