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May 4|11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Public Charge with NILC and CPCA

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National Immigration Law Center and California Primary Care Association will present what Public Charge is, what changes have been made and what it means to those trying to obtain citizenship.


Our Presenters

Lessard Gabrielle Lessard is a Senior Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

NILC works nationally to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants.  Gabrielle uses policy analysis and advocacy to expand low-income immigrants’ access to healthcare. She works with the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign to combat policies that deter immigrant families from meeting their essential needs.  She has authored or coauthored many NILC and PIF resources and is a frequent presenter on immigrant health issues.

A public interest lawyer for over 25 years, Gabrielle served as NILC’s first Health Policy Attorney from 2001-2005 and rejoined the organization in 2013. Gabrielle has also been the Legal Director of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, a lecturer at UC Berkeley Law School, and an independent attorney and consultant to tax-exempt organizations.  She received a Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Oseguera Elizabeth Oseguera is the Associate Director of Policy for the California Primary Care Association.

Her issue areas include 340B, behavioral health, workforce, specifically as it relates to community health workers, farmworker advocacy, and immigration.  As the lead on immigration work for CPCA, she has collaborated with immigrant partners to create resources, such as sample policies and procedures, toolkits, and training that help health centers prepare staff and patients for a possible encounter with immigration officials.

Elizabeth graduated from Sonoma State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. During college, she worked as an educational advisor for migrant students. She is the proud daughter of immigrant parents, creating a passion for helping marginalized communities gain access to basic health services in a culturally appropriate way.


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