By GLBTNN staff | October 01, 2014
Caroline Desert, Southern California native and a former staffer at The San Diego LGBT Community Center, begins today as the new executive director of Immigration Equality, a nationwide organization that provides direct representation and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers.
A queer Latina originally from El Centro, California, Dessert is a lifetime advocate for social justice. She earned a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, focusing on public interest law and policy, and critical race studies.
Dessert joins Immigration Equality from the California Attorney General’s Office, where she was a Deputy Attorney General in the Public Rights Division. In 2013, she helped lead a suit against Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit schools chain. The suit charged that Corinthian engaged in a predatory scheme that targeted low-income, vulnerable Californians through deceptive and false advertisements that misrepresented job placement rates and school programs. Corinthian has since agreed to sell or close its more than 100 campuses across the country.