Alor F. Calderon
Alor F. Calderon is the Director of the Employee Rights Center (ERC) in San Diego, California. Through its Wage and Hour and Immigration Programs, the Center’s staff advocates for and represents hundreds of low-income workers before administrative forums. Mr. Calderon’s focus at the Center, since 2003, has been to connect these administrative activities with the Center’s Education and Organizing Programs. The ERC’s programmatic philosophy centers around the idea that education and advocacy for low-income workers requires a commitment to long-term dialogue and worker leadership development. For that reason, the Center works closely with advocacy, religious, grassroots and labor organizations throughout the state. For instance, the ERC works closely with Projecto de Casas Saludables and United Taxi Workers of San Diego by advocating for or representing its members in administrative forums, while at the same time providing educational workshops (i.e. “know your rights” discussions) and leadership development. In relation to leadership development, the ERC staff works directly with these organization’s staff in implementing their short and long term goals.
Mr. Calderon has received training from the Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety Health Program (LOSH), Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC).
Community Health Educator
Adriana M. Huerta has been active in the San Diego community as a liaison and advocate for the diverse ethnic groups in the San Diego are for more than ten years. Originally from Mexico City and completed her education as of Business Administration and Accounting technician in Tijuana Mexico at Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico (CBTIS), followed by Certification as a Community Health Worker at San Diego City College.
Ms. Huerta assisted as a counselor educating families about the importance to cover the needs of children less than five years of age under the Program of” Familias Saludables” under the First Five of California program granted by the proposition 10 through San Diego State University Foundation. This intervention was concentrated on the City Heights where most needed population is concentrated.
Her experience on chronic diseases and non-clinical case management was an asset to Community Health Group where she served as a Health Educator at the Preventive Services Department managing cases of adults with diabetes, morbid obesity, CHF,COPD and asthma trough out an intense home visitation program in the entire San Diego County with a high concentration of her case load in City
As part on her array of skills and her passion for the wellbeing of the community, Adriana developed interest in the preventive interventions in the community and collaborated with PCI Project Concern International educating high risk pregnant women to prevent them from post-partum depression and low birth weight. She served eleven zip codes in the San Diego County and always focusing on City Heights area.
Now being part of the team at the ERC Adriana will complement the extraordinary group of professionals by starting the 4th component of the ERC which is the Health Education for immigrants in the City Heights area and across referrals between the ERC and local health care providers to better serve our community and meet their needs.
Office Manager/ UI Specialist
Interpreter/Translator with over forty years’ experience, possessing verbal and written fluency in Spanish, French, and English, and written competency in Haitian Creole. Has received formal education in Spanish, written and spoken, from early childhood through college, with additional professional training in interpretation and translation. Experienced in the following industries: Medical, Education, Court, Law, and Community Leadership. Has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with additional training in Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Lisa also handles the claimant representation for appeals for Unemployment Insurance and State Disability Insurance for the Center.
Experienced in cultural diversity, socio-economic diversity, and community outreach. For the past three and a half years, has provided bi-lingual support to the Employee Rights Center in all departments, including Immigration, Employment Law, and the supervision of student interns. Immigration activities include helping clients seeking assistance with applications for DACA, Naturalization, and Permanent Residency by preparing and translating evidence, filling out the forms, and participating in community-focused workshops where candidates for immigration services are given orientation and screening.