Edén Velasco | CHIRLA

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Edén Velasco

Title: 
DOJ Accredited Representative
E-Mail: 
evelasco@chirla.org

Shortly after being born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Edén and his family immigrated to Los Angeles, California. Raised in Korea town, Edén sought to connect with his culture by joining Grupo Folklorico Huaxyacac at the age of ten. While attending Cal State University of Northridge, Edén began organizing and advocating for student and immigrant rights. At CSUN, he was chair of the undocumented student group Dreams to be Heard that advocated for the California Dream Act, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and the fight against tuition hikes.  In 2012, after receiving a B.A. in Spanish Language and Culture, he was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and began working at CHIRLA as a Dreams on Wheels Fellow organizing DACA clinics throughout Los Angeles high schools. Now, Edén is a Department of Justice accredited representative helping folks apply for Naturalization, DACA, and other forms of immigration relief. Currently, he is still involved with Grupo Folklorico Huaxyacac, is a huge sports fan, enjoys live music, and spending time with his wife.