I thank you for twenty-five years of support. As we continue with our mission, I hope you will join me on this path: advancing the safety and security of our clients and the overarching progress, harmony and stability of our community.

With every best wish, 

Carmen M. Chavez, Esq.
Executive Director



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​​Celebrating 25 Years of Justice with Compassion

A letter from Carmen M. Chavez, Esq., Executive Director


February 2018 

 
Dear Friends,

It brings me great joy to take a moment and reflect upon the history of Casa Cornelia: twenty-five years of collaboration, determination, and legal action to help thousands of children, women, and men to find justice and humanitarian protection. It is thanks to your friendship, compassion, and generosity as well as the continuous renewal of your commitment, that we made it here – a quarter century serving immigrant and refugee communities in Southern California.

From the beginning, Casa Cornelia understood the special and unique needs of our region, located near the busiest land border crossing in the world. Today, we continue with our mission of serving indigent persons who arrive to the U.S. seeking safety and freedom from abuse, persecution and/or torture.  We continue to be that beacon of hope and promise of a better life to the most vulnerable.  While the needs continue especially for the unaccompanied child, the victim of domestic violence or human trafficking and many others, we remain steadfast in the knowledge that we have the support of persons like you. For this, I am deeply grateful.  

Carmen M. Chavez and Lucy Howell, Vice-Chair of the Board at the 2017 La Mancha Awards