Bolivia Iezza is the Legal Assistant at the Coalition for Humane and Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles (CHIRLA). Bolivia is responsible for updating electronic records, coordinating appointments, assisting immigration clinics, and other clerical duties for the Legal Department.
Bolivia was raised by her immigrant family in Pasadena, CA. She first began being an active member in her community by becoming a soccer coach, as a response to the disparity between female and male coaches at her local community center. Her activism grew when she entered Occidental College (OXY) to pursue her B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy with a Public Health minor.
On her campus, Bolivia was a health educator for nutrition, physical activity, and reproductive justice. She joined the Community Health and Fitness research team on her campus, where she assisted in examining the relative effectiveness of physical activity and nutrition resources/ interventions in changing lifestyle behaviors of low-income Angelinos. Through this research team, Bolivia led the Staff Wellness Program, a resource for OXY employees interested in leading healthy lifestyles. In addition, Bolivia has lobbied in Sacramento, CA on two separate occasions for Medicare reform and higher education financial aid reform for low-income families.
Bolivia is honored to join a progressive organization, such as CHIRLA, in aiding its mission for a just society fully inclusive of immigrants. She is fully prepared to apply her previous activism and administrative experience to ensure that there is efficiency within the office to better serve community members and the Legal staff.