2016 SDIRC Advisory Board


Chair: Ginger Jacobs (Immigration Lawyers Acting in the Community)

Ginger Jacobs is the founder and managing partner of Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP, an immigration and appellate boutique firm in San Diego. Ms. Jacobs practices in all areas of immigration law, but is perhaps best known for her work with vulnerable populations, including asylum-seekers, refugees, victims of violent crimes, and survivors of domestic violence.


DSC09492Labor Representative: Laura Moreno (UNITE HERE Local 30)

Laura Moreno was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, and moved to San Diego in 2007 to study at San Diego State University.  While in college, she was involved in MEChA and Union del Barrio, and has continued her activism after college in her community.  As a child, Laura witnessed firsthand her family being separated and saw how her community was affected by unjust immigration laws.  Now as an adult, she is committed to motivating her community to be engaged, get informed, and make the best decisions for their future regarding immigration.  Community and family are what move Laura, and that is why she is proud to be this year’s SDIRC Labor Representative.  Laura currently works as an Immigration Coordinator at UNITE HERE Local 30.  


5Legal Representative: Maricela Amezola (Immigration Lawyers Acting in the Community)

Maricela Amezola was born in Santa Ana, California, and grew up in San Joaquin Valley where she was raised by migrant working parents.  She obtained her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law where she graduated Cum Laude, and relocated to California, where she opened her own firm in January 2010.


BJFaith Representative:Rev. Dr. William Jenkins (Christ Ministry Center)

Bill grew up in Mississippi during the 1960s Civil Rights Era. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Delta State University, where he did his student teaching at an all African-American high school in the Mississippi Delta in 1969. This began a lifelong passion for social justice. Bill earned his Doctorate at Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA.


CarolinaCommunity Representative: Carolina Ramos (The Center)

A native of San Diego, Carolina currently works as the Director of Training and Chief Diversity officer at The SD LGBT Community Center, and serves on on the Sheriff’s LGBT Advisory Council, the San Diego Mayor;s LGBT advisory committee, and the SDPD Captain’s Advisory Committee Western Division.

Community Representative: Esmeralda Flores (American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties)

For the past four years, she worked as a Staff Attorney with the Binational Defense and Advocacy Program (PDIB), housed at the Casa del Migrante, in Tijuana, Mexico. Her focus was on the documentation of human and civil rights violations, and family separation issues due to deportations. In 2013, presented an amicus curiae brief before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Esmeralda is a native of Tijuana and has an acute and multi-faceted understanding of US-Mexico border issues as a result of personal and professional experiences and a complete overview of the needs and injustices that impact migrants at an individual and policy level. Esmeralda is a graduate from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, School of Law (UABC). In 2014 she completed a post-graduate International Migration program at the prestigious Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) in Tijuana, Mexico


RAMLACommunity Representative: Ramla Sahid (Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans)

Ramla Sahid is the founder and executive director of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA). She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s growth and prominence as the leading voice for refugees in San Diego. Ramla is committed to advocacy and policy projects that address racial disparities. In her previous role as a community organizer, Ramla facilitated processes that generated people-led, effective campaigns.


Ex Officio SBCC Representative: Rabbi Laurie Coskey (Interfaith Center for Worker Justice)

Rabbi Laurie Coskey’s almost 30 year career as a rabbi has been marked by a commitment to issues of social justice. Since 2001, Rabbi Laurie has served as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice lifting up the issues of working families through activism and advocacy. She is the Chairperson of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors and Rabbi in Residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. As one of only four San Diegans, Rabbi Laurie gave a Tedx San Diego talk in November 2014 titled “Holy Chutzpah and Foot Washing”. She is the Chairperson of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors and Rabbi in Residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.  Rabbi Laurie completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, was ordained at Hebrew Union College, and earned her doctorate in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego.