Border Region

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he plans to deploy up to 400 National Guard troops throughout the state to help support existing “transnational crime”...

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Immigration Reform

SDIRC Denounces Cruel Decision to End TPS for El Salvador

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Trump administration announced today that it will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorans who have been living, working and...

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2016

By Tatiana Sanchez Daniel Torres, an unauthorized immigrant who enlisted in the Marine Corps using a false birth certificate, became an American citizen on Thursday. He is likely...

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Deferred Action

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018

Local organizations are helping current DACA recipients renew their status San Diego, CA – Today is President Trump’s artificial deadline to end the Deferred Action for...

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Recent Posts

The Dream and Promise Act Would Protect Tens of Thousands of San Diegans

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, House Democrats introduced a sweeping bill that would put millions of young immigrants and others with temporary protections on a path to citizenship, reaffirming immigrant families’ vital role in our communities.

San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium Announces New Leadership, Logo

SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium(SDIRC) has elected new leadership to its Advisory Board. Lilian Serrano was re-elected as the 2019 chair. She and the new 9-member advisory board will be tasked with leading the coalition for the next year.

SDIRC Advisory Board

2019 SDIRC Advisory Board


Lilian Serrano, Chair (Alianza Comunitaria)

Lilian Serrano was born and raised in the Tijuana-San Diego border region. She spent her teens in Oxnard, California, a small agricultural town in Ventura County. After graduating high school, she moved back to San Diego County. As an undergraduate at California State University, San Marcos, Lilian began actively working with grassroots organizations focused on immigrant rights. Her expertise and knowledge has allowed her to build and maintain strong ties in North County San Diego with community members who are impacted by immigration policies and organizations that work closely with farmworker families. 

Lilian is a member of Alianza Comunitaria, a coalition of human rights grassroots organizations who have worked with community members to create an alert system to inform community members about the presence of driver’s license checkpoints and immigration raids in the North San Diego County area. Lilian is dedicated to promoting social justice all around her and strongly believes that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. This is her third year serving on the SDIRC Advisory Board, and second year as chair.

Juan Perez, Legal Representative (San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council)


Pastor Jean Elise Durandisse, Faith Representative (Christ Ministry Center)

Jean Elise Durandisse has served as Pastor of the Haitian Methodist Ministry of San Diego for the past 10 years. The church became the processing hub for recent Haitian mass influx of Haitian immigrants, providing shelter and humanitarian services for more than 5,000 people since May 2016. He has been doing immigrant and refugee work since 2010, following the devastating earthquake in his home country of Haiti. He has partnered with the Safe harbors, Catholic Charities, the International Rescue Committee Alliance of San Diego among others to address the needs of the community he serves.

Pastor Jean Elise is a student at Apostello Academy (San Diego School of Religious Studies) and is a candidate to become an Elder by the California Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church.

He currently resides in San Diego, CA and is married with one child. His other passions include social activism and music.  He serves as one of two lead singers of a gospel group, “Louange a Dieu” (Praise to God). ‎ For more information, visit

Ricardo Gallego, Community Representative (San Diego LGBT Center)

RICARDO GALLEGO is the director of the Dept. of Latino/a Services at the San Diego LGBT Community Center– the largest such department in the country. 

Gallego earned a Master’s degree in counseling in 2001, and has graduate professional training in both ethics and clinical chaplaincy. He has completed numerous HIV- and STD-related certification programs, as well as training programs on sexual orientation and sexual education, and training workshops on death, dying and grieving.

He has received numerous (city, county, state and federal) recognitions for his HIV-prevention work, and for programs he has developed with and for Latino/a LGBTQ persons and their families, and also with and for Latino/as affected by HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

Christina Griffin, Community Representative (Espacio Migrante)


Pedro Rios/Adriana Jasso, Southern Border Communities Coalition Representative — Ex Officio (American Friends Service Committee US/Mexico Border Program)

Pedro Rios serves as the director of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) U.S./Mexico Border Program and has been on staff with AFSC for 14 years. A native San Diegan, Mr. Rios has worked on immigrant rights and border issues for over 20 years. Mr. Rios oversees a program that documents abuses by law enforcement agencies, collaborates with community groups, advocates for policy change, and works with migrant communities. He holds a masters degree in Ethnic Studies.  Pedro has also previously served on the SDIRC Advisory Board as Chair.  

Adriana Jasso is the Program Coordinator of the AFSC’s US-Mexico Border Program.  She has worked at AFSC over a decade, advocating for the demilitarization of the border region and the humane treatment of all members of our communities.  Adriana holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Latin American Studies and Spanish Literature, and a Master of Education degree from the University of California, San Diego.  In her spare time, you can find Adriana practicing yoga, and spending quality time with her family and the world’s most beautiful German Shepherd, Leo.

Laura Moreno, Former Chair — Ex Officio (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 first hand 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 has proudly served on the SDIRC Advisory Board since 2016.  Laura currently works as an Immigration Coordinator at UNITE HERE Local 30.