San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium Elects New Leadership

Human rights organizer ushered in as chair during election year

San Diego – The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium(SDIRC) has elected human rights organizer Lilian Serrano to be the new chair of the board during its annual election. Lilian and the 9-member advisory board, which was also elected, will be tasked with leading the coalition for the next year.

This vote comes as immigrants in San Diego and across the nation are faced with hyperbolic rhetoric and increasingly divisive policies that affect their way of life.

For more than a decade, SDIRC has worked with lawmakers and community members to not only bridge the gap between them but to also advocate for legislation that protects immigrant and refugee communities.


Lilian is a member of Alianza Comunitaria, a coalition of human rights grassroots organizations in North County, San Diego. The coalition has worked with community members to create an alert system to inform residents about the presence of driver’s license checkpoints and immigration raids.

Lilian Serrano, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium released the following statement:

“I’m ecstatic that the consortium elected me to lead them for the next year. As we face this election year, I look forward to standing hand-in-hand with my brothers and sisters to continue our work uplifting the voices of immigrants and their families in San Diego County. Together, we will resist the attacks on our communities and continue to fight to protect our rights.”

2018 Advisory Board Members

Chair — Lilian Serrano, Alianza Comunitaria

Faith Representative — Angela Fujii, First UU of San Diego

Legal Representative — Lauren Cusitello, Crossroads Justice Center of San Diego

Labor Representative — Mathew Kostrinsky & Kim Moore, UDW

Community Representative — Esmeralda Flores, ACLU

Community Representative — Mejgan Afshan, CAIR San Diego

Community Representative — Felicia Gomez, CIPC

Former Chair (ex-officio) — Laura Moreno, UNITE HERE Local 30

SBCC Representative (ex-officio) — Adriana Jasso & Pedro Rios, AFSC

How Can SDIRC Help Reporters?

SDIRC can provide subject matter experts for your stories on the below

  • Refugee issues
  • Labor issues within the immigrant community
  • Immigration Integration

About San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of Alliance San Diego. Since 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC). Through SDIRC, these organizations are pursuing four common goals: support comprehensive immigration reform; stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants; educate immigrants, and educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants. More at

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