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County Names First Director for Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs | News

Following a national hiring process, the San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services has selected Lucero Chavez Basilio, an experienced immigrant and refugee advocate, as the first director for the County’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

“After years of community advocacy, I was proud to submit a proposal with Vice President Vargas last year to create the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs,” said Nathan Fletcher, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “I am truly excited to welcome Ms. Chavez Basilio as Chief of the Bureau, I am confident that with her experience, passion and leadership, we will continue to make San Diego County more welcoming for all residents.”

“Lucero Chavez Basilio brings a wealth of experience working with immigrant and refugee families and has the vision to lead the new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs,” said Nora Vargas, Vice Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “I am excited that he will lead the organization, working with the community and increasing the positive contribution that immigrants and refugees make to our culture and economy in the transnational region.”

A bilingual Spanish speaker and attorney, Chavez Basilio has spent more than 10 years representing immigrant and refugee children and families in immigration proceedings and in humanitarian and family petitions. He has worked with city councils, community organizations and law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California to create and implement pro-immigrant policies and programs.

“This is an important day for San Diego County, one that recognizes the rich and ongoing contributions and needs of our region’s immigrants and refugees,” said Nick Macchione, director of the Department of Health and Human Services. “The Board of Supervisors was visionary in creating the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and now we have a director with the life experience and skills to lead it forward.”

Chavez Basilio said she recognizes the county’s expanded commitment to immigrants and refugees and was eager to get started.

“It is an honor and a privilege to work with the people of San Diego and our partners across the county to build the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs,” said Ms. Chavez Basilio. “I look forward to creating and promoting programs and initiatives that meet the needs of the community.”

The county Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is located in the County Health and Human Services Division of Homeless Solutions and Rights, which is led by Community Operations Manager Barbara Jiménez, who has longstanding and deep ties to the immigrant and transnational community.

“For our county and our communities, this is very exciting news,” Jiménez said. “We are all eager for Ms. Chavez Basilio to join the team and engage the community, both in building and leading this new office.”

Chavez Basilio grew up in a working-class immigrant neighborhood in Southeast Los Angeles and is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. He holds a BA in American Literature and Culture and Chicana/o Studies from UCLA and a JD from UC Berkeley Law School. He has also taught Administrative Law at Western State College of Law and Immigration Law and Policy at UC Irvine School of Law.

She starts her new position on July 15.

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