County Names First Director for Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
After a national recruitment, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has selected Lucero Chavez Basilio, an experienced representative for immigrants and refugees, as the first director for the County Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.
“After years of advocacy from the community, I was proud to bring forward a proposal with Vice Chair Vargas last year to create the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs,” said Nathan Fletcher, Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “I am truly excited to welcome Ms. Chavez Basilio to head the Office, I am confident that with her experience, passion and leadership, we will continue to make San Diego County more welcoming for all residents.”
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-based petitions. She has worked with city councils, community organizations and law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California to create and implement pro immigrant policies and programs.