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Immigrant Rights, Social Justice and Post-Pandemic Planning

(Shutterstock) Sonja Diaz, a lawyer and scholar, talks about immigrants, who are disproportionately represented among essential workers but have received little in the way of COVID-19 aid. The pandemic has left them in limbo.

Sonja Diaz is the founding director of the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. A civil rights attorney and policy adviser, she served as counsel to Sen. Kamala Harris during her first and second terms as California attorney general. In this role, she directed policing and immigrant rights working groups and acted as lead counsel for a voting rights investigation. Diaz has supported litigation by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the California Bureau of Children’s Justice and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

LPPI research and analysis provides policymakers with data and facts that can inform policies on issues that affect Latinos and other communities of color. Diaz spoke with Governing about the vital role that immigrants are playing in pandemic response, their importance to economic recovery and a path forward that could benefit all Americans. Sonja Diaz, founding director of the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, with Matt […]

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