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Our pro-equity approaches

Change the narrative

Partner across the County to shift the dominant narrative about immigrants and refugees to promote a sense of belonging and equitable access to County services, programs, and initiatives. OIR also provides root cause analysis to explain unequal outcomes and amplifies immigrant stories to recognize invaluable contributions. 

Subject matter expertise

Provide subject matter expertise by providing training, capacity building, research, and policy analysis on the latest trends and best practices in immigrant integration, social justice, and belonging.  

Transformational change

Build organizational capacity to operationalize an immigrant equity lens, develop an equity index, and implement programs, such as the New American Fellowship, to assess and address institutional barriers.  

Partnerships and community engagement

Take part in authentic engagement through intentional, meaningful relationship building with community members and organizations by nurturing partnerships and collaboratives (such as immigration legal services providers, Mosaic America, CAST, PEACE, Citizenship Collaborative, and Refugee and Immigrant Forum). It also works closely with County departments that directly serve immigrants. 

Policy analysis

Monitor and provide guiding documents to outline federal, state, and local policies affecting immigrants. Monitor and publicize County's legislative priorities in immigration policy and advocate for policy agenda that advances immigrant equity. 

Data, evaluation, and accountability

Collect and analyze immigrant data to measure equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Our staff

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Teresa Castellanos
Senior Analyst 
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Aundraya Martinez 
Sr. Management Analyst
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Sandy Vasquez
Community Outreach Specialist
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Lou Jimenez 
Associate Management Analyst
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