By LGBT Weekly Associate Editor | October 1, 2014
NEW YORK— Immigration Equality, the nation’s leading organization providing direct representation and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive asylum seekers, announced today they have appointed Caroline Dessert as their new executive director.
Dessert is a lifetime advocate for social justice. She is a queer Latina originally from El Centro, Calif., a community on the U.S.–Mexico Border. 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, Dessert 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. Dessert also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Chicano/a Latino/a Law Review at UCLA and was on the board of the Immigrant Rights Consortium in San Diego, California.