Supporting L.A. County's Immigrants
Immigrants comprise 35 percent of Los Angeles County’s population and make up 44 percent of its workforce, yet they continue to face challenges around economic advancement and justice equity. In response, the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA), a division within the L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, developed the 2018 Immigrant Protection and Advancement (IPAA) report, which outlines strategies for helping immigrants thrive. FUSE Executive Fellow Michael Nobleza helped OIA prioritize the IPAA recommendations, resulting in initiatives that will improve the social safety net for immigrant Angelenos and strengthen the OIA’s ability to help immigrants navigate the county’s social service system. To determine where OIA might have the greatest impact, Nobleza engaged more than 20 offices of immigrant affairs across the country, as well as key stakeholders in the community, academia, and other L.A. County departments and agencies. His research opened conversations for new collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders and resulted in the creation of the L.A. Immigrant Essential Workers Initiative, which focuses on tightening the social safety net for the most vulnerable immigrant Angelenos. Nobleza also launched several innovations — including redesigning the OIA website and developing a Know Your County Services community presentation — that help immigrants better understand and navigate the social services available to them. Michael is continuing to support immigrant workers and their families through further development and implementation of the L.A. Immigrant Essential Workers Initiative.