Belinda Escobosa Helzer is director of the Orange County and Inland Empire offices at the ACLU of Southern California. She joined ACLU SoCal in 2005.
Belinda has served as counsel in civil rights cases involving free speech, religious freedom, due process and law enforcement abuse. She was named one of the Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers of 2012.
Recently, she successfully litigated Vasquez v. Rackauckas against the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange Police Department. The case fought for the right of Orange County residents to have their day in court before being subject to a gang injunction which prohibits them from engaging in day-to-day lawful activities.
In Asociación de Jornaleros de Lake Forest v. City of Lake Forest, she represented day laborers in free speech cases against the cities of Glendale, Redondo Beach, and Lake Forest, that sought to bar day laborers from expressing their desire for work on public sidewalks.
In Vietnamese Buddhism Study Temple of America v. City of Garden Grove, she sued Garden Grove officials to protect the rights of a Vietnamese Buddhist congregation to build a temple in that city. The lawsuit led to a settlement that allowed the congregation to build its temple and freely worship together.
Before joining the ACLU, Belinda served as the Immigrant Rights and Day Laborer Project staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). While at MALDEF, she successfully challenged anti-solicitation ordinances in Glendale in the Comite de Jornaleros de Glendale v. City of Glendale.
Ms. Escobosa Helzer graduated from Southwestern University School of Law. She began her professional career as a law clerk for The Honorable Joseph F. Baca, Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

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