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Dear Friend,

I would like to share with you some highlights of my recent work as your congresswoman.  I hope you find them informative.  You can also follow me on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

Covered California Open Enrollment is from November 1, 2017, to January 31, 2018.  Find a health insurance plan that works for you and your family.  Visit to get covered!

El periodo de inscripción abierta del Covered California es desde el 1 de noviembre del 2017 hasta el 31 de enero del 2018.  Encuentre el plan de seguro médico que le convenga a usted y su familia. ¡Visite y asegúrese!

How to Keep Your Data Safe: Protect yourself and your family from the effects of the Equifax data breach!  The Federal Trade Commission has details on what to do in English and Spanish.

Rights Under the U.S. Constitution for Our Immigrant Families and NeighborsRead this information about immigrants’ rights under the law.

Derechos Bajo la Constitución de Estados Unidos Para Nuestras Familias y Vecinos InmigrantesLea este información sobre los derechos de los inmigrantes bajo la ley.

Blood Testing and Soil Sampling Near Exide: If you live, work, or go to school within three miles of the Exide plant, I encourage you to get a FREE blood lead test.  For details, visit or call (844) 888-2290.  If you live within 1.7 miles of Exide, you can also sign up for soil testing.  For more information, visit or call (844) 225-3887.  Please also feel free to share this general information Exide flyer in English and in Spanish with any friends and family living in the affected area.

Fighting for the Just Treatment of Our Immigrant Neighbors:

Discussing the need to pass the Dream Act at an LA roundtable with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

It was an honor to join House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and many of my fellow Los Angeles-area leaders at CHIRLA headquarters in LA to urge Congress to pass my Dream Act (H.R. 3440), a bipartisan bill allowing certain U.S.-raised immigrant youth to earn lawful permanent residence and American citizenship.  (Watch my statement beginning at the 4:36 mark in this video.)  With the president's repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it is all the more imperative that we pass a clean Dream Act immediately so we can protect our hardworking, patriotic American Dreamers.

Wondering what the DACA repeal means for you and your family?  Read this flyer for the latest info.  (¿Se está preguntando qué significa la revocación de DACA para usted y su familia?  Lea este folleto para la información más reciente.)

As co-chair of the Women's Working Group on Immigration Reform, I helped lead a forum at the U.S. Capitol with advocates and congressional colleagues to highlight the utterly unacceptable living conditions that immigrant women face in our detention centers.  No woman should be denied medical treatment or be given substandard care.  No woman should endure the continuing threat of sexual assault and rape.  No woman should suffer an unnecessary miscarriage.  Yet women in detention face all of these dangers and more.  Immigrant women being held in detention have come to America to escape violence and economic hardships in their home country.  Our detention centers must not dehumanize them or exacerbate their traumas.

I joined Reps. Adam Smith and Pramila Jayapal to help introduce the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act (H.R. 3923).  I am committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for detainees, in a detention system that is transparent and accountable.  This bill will help us bring dignity and justice to our deeply broken detention system.

In addition, I was glad to meet with Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández!  We talked about the need to protect America's Dreamers, and discussed our nations' strong bilateral trade ties.

Supporting a Quality Education for Our Children:

Maywood Center for Enriched Studies Principal Gabriel Duran accepts my Certificate of Congressional Recognition celebrating the school's ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The LAUSD school construction project, one of the largest of its kind in the world, came to a triumphant conclusion right here in our 40th District as we celebrated the completion of the gorgeous Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MaCES).  The project has given more LA-area students access to neighborhood schools, and new and improved spaces to pursue their education goals and career dreams!

On a visit to South LA’s Santee Education Complex, I met with City Year Los Angeles (CYLA) leaders and corps members and visited CYLA’s Santee afterschool program!  As CYLA celebrates its tenth anniversary, I’m thankful to them for bringing bright young tutors and mentors to help students in our local schools.

It was a pleasure to speak at the eighth annual Maywood Education Fair!  This fair offers Southeast LA students and parents a vital opportunity to explore higher education resources that will help our youth achieve their dreams.

Read My Student Resource Guide:

If you are a high school or college student looking for help to pay for college, I encourage you to read my 2017-2018 Student Resource Guide, which includes information about scholarships, internships, fellowships, and websites to help you meet your college expenses.  Please feel free to circulate it!

Defending Victims of Violence and Abuse:

Addressing the GFWC Women's Club Of Huntington Park's "Breaking the Silence" Conference on domestic violence and sexual assault.

It was an honor to address the GFWC Women's Club of Huntington Park's fifth annual "Breaking the Silence" Conference on domestic violence and sexual assault.  It is critical that we recommit to ending the scourge of violence against women, and I thanked the attendees for their tireless efforts toward this important goal.

I reintroduced H.R. 4198, my Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act, to ensure crucial economic protections for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Survivors should never have to jeopardize their job, their home, or their financial security to protect their physical safety.

Meeting with Constituents and Local Leaders:

Greeting Jose Guadalupe Cisneros of Commerce before a congressional hearing on Down Syndrome research funding.

I was so pleased to meet young Jose Guadalupe Cisneros of Commerce when he and his parents Jose Gomez and Susana Cisneros came to Washington for an Appropriations hearing about increasing funding for Down Syndrome research -- a cause I heartily support!

Congratulations to the City of Paramount on its 60th anniversary!  I presented the Paramount City Council with a copy of my Congressional Record statement commemorating this tremendous milestone.

I honored Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition at their second annual Disability Pride Parade and Festival in East LA!  I appreciate all they do to support and encourage individuals with disabilities in our communities.

For 75 years, South LA's All Peoples Community Center has been a safe haven, a beacon of hope and help, and a problem solving resource!  At their anniversary celebration, my staff presented them with a copy of my Congressional Record statement celebrating the center's rich history of empowering our communities.

Standing Up for the Safety and Security of the American People:

Giving a House speech urging passage of a bill to support American victims of natural disasters.

We must help the victims of our country's recent disasters, including the devastating California wildfires and the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Southeast U.S.  In a House speech, I urged my colleagues to support an emergency supplemental bill to help these victims, and to keep stepping up in the coming weeks and months to address future recovery needs as well.

Immigration Form Update:

If you are filing forms with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), keep in mind that USCIS is now only accepting the latest versions of its forms.  You can visit to download these new forms for FREE.  You can also request paper forms from USCIS by calling (800) 870-3676.

If You Visit Washington, DC:

If you are a resident of California's 40th District and planning a trip to Washington, DC, I can provide information on many of the area's distinguished landmarks.  You can submit your tour requests here.  Please contact my office with at least 8-12 weeks advance notice whenever possible.

Contacting You About the Issues That Matter to You:

If you live or work in the 40th Congressional District and you would like to specify the issues that particularly interest you, please fill out this form.


Washington, DC Office
2083 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1766
Fax: (202) 226-0350
District Office
500 Citadel Drive, Suite 320
Commerce, CA 90040
Phone: (323) 721-8790
Fax: (323) 721-8789