Lucero Chávez is a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Counsel where she is part of the Immigrant Rights Project (IRP). Ms. Chávez represents unaccompanied children in immigration, asylum, family, delinquency, dependency, and probate proceedings. Ms. Chávez is part of the Unaccompanied Children’s team within IRP at Public Counsel and in addition to providing direct representation to clients, works with Pro Bono attorneys in Southern California, offering technical assistance and trainings as needed. Ms. Chávez has conducted trainings on Motions to Terminate and Suppress, Responding to Requests for Evidence, and Preparing and Filing Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Petition with state courts and before USCIS.
Prior to joining Public Counsel, Ms. Chávez was an Immigrants Rights attorney at the ACLU of Southern California where she focused on impact litigation around immigration enforcement. During her time at the ACLU of Southern California, Ms. Chávez was involved in a class action on behalf of nine Mexican nationals and three immigrant advocacy organizations who challenged deceptive tactics used by Border Patrol agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to convince the plaintiffs to sign their own expulsion orders. Ms. Chávez also conducted Train the Trainers workshops with community groups around Immigration Enforcement and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.
Currently, Ms. Chávez is also an Adjunct Professor at Western State College of law where she teaches Administrative Law.
Ms. Chávez received her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law School in 2010 and obtained a B.A. in American Literature & Culture and Chicana/o Studies from UCLA in 2007. She is the former Co-Chair of the Berkeley Law Raza Law Students Association, former President of the UC Student Association, worked on briefing for the Inter American Court with the Berkeley Law International Human Rights Clinic, and is a long time volunteer with the YMCA Model Legislature and Court Youth and Government program. Ms. Chávez is also an alumni of the Rockwood Leadership Institute with the Fellowship for a New California and of the Shriver Racial Justice Institute.