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.

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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 www.immigrantsandiego.org.

Record-Size Delegation Travels to Sacramento for Immigrant Day

Dozens of community members and advocates from San Diego will meet with the county’s state elected officials

SAN DIEGO, CA –The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) is proud to send a record-size delegation to our state’s capital on Monday, May 15, for the 21st Annual Immigrant Day, a day of action that brings together advocates from across the state to fight for immigrant rights.

Close to 40 leaders from across San Diego County will join hundreds of other community members and activists. They will meet with elected representatives from every quarter of the county to advocate for policies that protect immigrant communities from a Federal administration that seeks to criminalize, deport and separate families.

SDIRC Statement on State Senate Voting to Advance the ‘California Values Act’

SAN DIEGO, CA – Today, the California State Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 54, also known as the “California Values Act.” This bill will help keep communities safe for everyone by ensuring that local and state resources do not go towards deportations. This will help make certain that local and state law enforcement are able to focus on protecting communities, not enforcing immigration law.  

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium Advisory Board issued the following statement:

“The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium applauds the State Senate for passing Senate Bill 54, the “California Values Act.” We are grateful to our local delegation, including State Sen. Toni Atkins, who is a co-author on the bill, for standing with immigrant communities. The “California Values Act” is critical to protecting immigrant families in our region and beyond, and we hope that the Assembly will now recognize the importance and urgent need for this bill and act accordingly to move it forward.”

 

SDIRC Rejects Revised Executive Order Banning Muslims, Limiting refugees

SDIRC Rejects Revised Executive Order Banning Muslims, Limiting refugees

 

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, the Trump Administration reissued its divisive travel ban executive order  by, among other things, limiting the issuance of visas to individuals from six Muslim-majority countries, and stopping all refugee admissions for 120 days.

Laura Moreno, Chair of the  San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, issued the following statement:
“The revised executive order continues to be a misguided effort to target immigrants and refugees based on their religion and the geography of their birth. These actions put our country’s safety and security at risk, and sow fear, hate, and division in our communities. San Diego is a thriving and diverse place thanks in part to the contributions of immigrants and refugees who call this place home, and we stand united in rejecting the revised executive order.”
 
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: www.immigrantsandiego.org.
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Union-Tribune: Denouncing the wall

Local activists hold a press conference denouncing Donald Trump’s exectuvie orders targeting immigrants and refugees as well as the proposed building of a wall along the entire border between the United States and Mexico.

Read more at the Union-Tribune for the full story.

PRESS CONFERENCE: San Diego Immigrant and Refugee Leaders Condemn President Trump’s Actions

SAN DIEGO, CA — Leaders from across San Diego County will hold a press conference today in front of the County Administration Center to condemn President Trump’s executive orders to shut out immigrants and refugees with policies and walls that divide us rather than bring us together.

 

In response to the president’s actions, local elected officials, faith leaders, immigrant and refugee advocates, and impacted community members will urge the public to support the passing of SB 54, the California Values Act, which prevents state and local dollars and law enforcement agencies from helping immigration officials separate families and terrorize communities.