The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties has announced the hiring of an Imperial Valley native as the ACLU's Senior Community Advocate in Imperial County.

According to the ACLU , Crystal Quezada will increase the civil rights organization's presence in Imperial Valley and strengthen relationships with the community , partner organizations and grassroots groups. Quezada was born in El Centro and graduated from Calexico High School. Before joining the ACLU in January , Quezada served as legislative director for California Assemblymember  Shirley n. Weber. Quezada said , " After many years working at the state capitol , I feel this is the right moment to return to my roots and community as an advocate for civil rights and social justice."