Silvia R. Argueta
Silvia Argueta is the Executive Director of Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Prior to her appointment, Argueta was a senior attorney with LAFLA’s Government Benefits Unit, where she handled legal issues involving access to health care, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Social Security Retirement, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), a program of the California Department of Social Services.
Silvia’s many accomplishments include serving as lead counsel Harris, et al. v. Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County, et al., a federal court case that prevented the closure of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and the closure of 100 beds at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. Silvia also was counsel on APALC et al., v. Los Angeles County, et al., an Office of Civil Rights complaint filed on behalf of Limited English Proficient (LEP) CalWORKs participants against the County of Los Angeles, which alleged unequal access in the provision of services to LEP participants in the CalWORKs program.
Prior to joining LAFLA in 1999, Silvia was a staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). There she handled education, employment and immigration issues, including all aspects of civil rights litigation. Before joining MALDEF, she was employed at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California and was involved in civil rights litigation and policy matters.
Silvia received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her JD from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar, National Hispanic Bar Association, an Advisory Board member with The Impact Fund, and a Board member of the ACLU of Southern California.