PATTY RAMIREZ was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She is of Salvadoran and Mexican descent and has a Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Southern California. For nearly a decade, Patty has dedicated her work to serving immigrant victims of crimes, and justice-impacted folks. Patty is passionate about integrating multi-disciplinary approaches to best serve trauma-impacted communities. Patty is a “transnational border social worker” and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Social Work at USC. Patty is passionate about increasing access to justice and opportunity for immigrants fleeing violence and persecution from the Northern Triangle. She is committed to helping transform harmful infrastructures, frameworks, and systems and innovate to those that are equipped to support the development, healing, and resilience of impacted leaders driving social change.
Patty’s experience ranges from working with the immigrant and refugee population, violence prevention, criminal justice policy advocacy, and reproductive justice. Patty recently transitioned from her role as the Director of Migrant Family Services where she directed the daily operations of family-based services at the JFS led asylum seeking shelter for families in San Diego. Patty is now working as a project-based consultant committed to advancing social justice-oriented and advocacy organizations. Patty is a distinguished Rockwood Building Power Fellow, a statewide cohort of social justice leaders committed to advancing racial and health equity. No matter what hat she is wearing, Patty’s goal remains the same— to empower and uplift trauma-impacted communities.