San Diego County will welcome Lucero Chavez Basilio as its 1st director of the Business of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Friday subsequent a national recruitment for the placement, it was declared Thursday.
“It is an honor and privilege to get the job done with the people of San Diego and our companions all through the county to construct the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs,” explained Chavez Basilio, a bilingual Spanish speaker and legal professional, who has invested far more than 10 several years symbolizing immigrant and refugee little ones and families in immigration proceedings and in humanitarian and relatives- based mostly petitions.
“I look forward to generating and endorsing programs and initiatives that are responsive to the demands of the neighborhood,” she said.
Basilio has labored with city councils, community businesses and regulation enforcement agencies all through Southern California to build and put into practice professional immigrant policies and courses.
“After decades of advocacy from the community, I was very pleased to provide forward a proposal with Vice Chair [Nora] Vargas previous calendar year to make the Business of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs,” claimed Nathan Fletcher, chair of the county Board of Supervisors. “I am truly enthusiastic to welcome Ms. Chavez Basilio to head the workplace, I am self-assured that with her experience, enthusiasm and management, we will carry on to make San Diego County much more welcoming for all citizens.”
The office is found in the county’s Wellbeing and Human Expert services Agency‘s Section of Homeless Alternatives and Equitable Communities — headed by Barbara Jimenez.
“For the county and our communities, this is really enjoyable news,” Jimenez reported. “We are all keen for Ms. Chavez Basilio to sign up for the team and have interaction the neighborhood, each in developing out and top this new workplace.”
Chavez Basilio grew up in a operating-course immigrant community in Southeast Los Angeles and is the very pleased daughter of Mexican immigrants. She holds a B.A. in American Literature and Society and Chicana/o Scientific studies from UCLA and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley University of Regulation. She also has taught Administrative Law at Western State College or university of Regulation and Immigration Legislation and Coverage at the UC Irvine School of Law.
“This is an essential day for the county of San Diego, a person that acknowledges the abundant and ongoing contributions, as nicely as the needs, of our region’s immigrants and refugees,” claimed Nick Macchione, director of the HHSA.
“Lucero Chavez Basilio delivers a prosperity of practical experience doing the job with immigrant and refugee families and has the eyesight to direct the new workplace,” claimed Vargas, vice chair of the county Board of Supervisors. “I am thrilled she will lead the company functioning in partnership with the group and elevating the optimistic contributions immigrants and refugees bring to our society and economic system in the bi-nationwide region.”