Boxer & Gerson Partner Maria Grasso was appointed last month to the official position of Consulate Attorney (“Abogado Consultor”) for the Mexican Consulate of San Francisco. The event was marked by a small ceremony kicking off the consulate’s annual Labor Rights Week observance that ran from Monday August 26 through Friday August 30.
Grasso has a long association with the consulate, having provided volunteer consulting services for the past eight years to immigrant workers seeking consulate assistance on their workplace rights. She also makes regular educational presentations on workers’ compensation to consulate visitors and staff.
Grasso was joined by her fellow law partners John Harrigan and Gary Lee (pictured to the right) as the consulate presented her with a certificate denoting her official new position during the week’s opening ceremony. Her role will be as one of seven attorneys available on a pro bono basis to help with various legal matters pertaining to consulate clients. Sager will be the workers’ compensation attorney in the group.
The consulate’s Labor Rights Week once again featured an extensive series of presentations and seminars offered free of charge to all those affected by or with an interest in immigrant worker rights. The week was originated and coordinated by the United States Department of Labor, with local jurisdictions free to conduct their own programming.
Grasso took on a highly active role in that programming, making a presentation on workers’ compensation on Monday morning just prior to the opening ceremony. Later that evening she was interviewed in a news segment on the local affiliate of Spanish-language Telemundo television. That was followed by a radio interview on Tuesday with Spanish-language station KIQI (pictured below), then other presentations on workers’ compensation law on Wednesday at the consulates of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
“Boxer & Gerson’s long history has always included representing immigrant workers and supporting groups that work with them, from Bay Area consulates to nonprofit legal aid organizations and media,” said Grasso. “Our involvement with the immigrant community has only intensified in recent years as the population has increased, along with the challenges faced by the Latin American community in particular. We’re very happy to be part of a mutually supportive community helping to meet those challenges for the betterment of our entire country.”