San Diego County will welcome Lucero Chavez Basilio as its first director of the Workplace of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Friday following a nationwide recruitment for the place, it was introduced Thursday.
“It’s an honor and privilege to work with the residents of San Diego and our companions all through the county to construct the Workplace of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs,” mentioned Chavez Basilio, a bilingual Spanish speaker and lawyer, who has spent greater than 10 years representing immigrant and refugee kids and households in immigration proceedings and in humanitarian and family- based mostly petitions.
“I sit up for creating and selling applications and initiatives which are conscious of the wants of the neighborhood,” she mentioned.
Basilio has labored with metropolis councils, neighborhood organizations and legislation enforcement businesses all through Southern California to create and implement professional immigrant insurance policies and applications.
“After years of advocacy from the neighborhood, I used to be proud to carry ahead a proposal with Vice Chair [Nora] Vargas final 12 months to create the Workplace of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs,” mentioned Nathan Fletcher, chair of the county Board of Supervisors. “I’m really excited to welcome Ms. Chavez Basilio to go the workplace, I’m assured that together with her expertise, ardour and management, we are going to proceed to make San Diego County extra welcoming for all residents.”
The workplace is situated inside the county’s Well being and Human Providers Company‘s Division of Homeless Options and Equitable Communities — headed by Barbara Jimenez.
“For the county and our communities, that is very thrilling information,” Jimenez mentioned. “We’re all anticipating Ms. Chavez Basilio to hitch the group and interact the neighborhood, each in constructing out and main this new workplace.”
Chavez Basilio grew up in a working-class immigrant neighborhood in Southeast Los Angeles and is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. She holds a B.A. in American Literature and Tradition and Chicana/o Research from UCLA and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley College of Legislation. She additionally has taught Administrative Legislation at Western State Faculty of Legislation and Immigration Legislation and Coverage on the UC Irvine College of Legislation.
“This is a vital day for the county of San Diego, one which acknowledges the wealthy and ongoing contributions, in addition to the wants, of our area’s immigrants and refugees,” mentioned Nick Macchione, director of the HHSA.
“Lucero Chavez Basilio brings a wealth of expertise working with immigrant and refugee households and has the imaginative and prescient to guide the brand new workplace,” mentioned Vargas, vice chair of the county Board of Supervisors. “I’m thrilled she is going to lead the company working in partnership with the neighborhood and elevating the optimistic contributions immigrants and refugees carry to our tradition and financial system within the bi-national area.”