Soco Hernandez-Serrano has dedicated her career working on behalf of Hispanic immigrants in the tristate area. She has amassed more than 11 years of experience working for the Consulate General of Mexico in New York in positions such as: Community Organizing and Research, Planning and Community Training, resulting in a comprehensive understanding of the Hispanic community and their needs.
During her time at the Mexican Consulate, she has led inclusive initiatives to promote the integration of the Mexican and the Hispanic population such as the Immigration Relief Efforts Campaign and the Workforce Safety Program for Construction and Cleaning workers. Through her career she has collaborated across agencies, educational institutions, nonprofits and community-based organizations (CBO’s) partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), Citizenship Now! Of the City University of New York (CUNY), New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), CUNY City Tech, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Soco Hernandez has a fierce commitment to develop inclusive educational programs. She is skilled in bridging existing social programs and resources to the community to boost their integration. She enjoys creating alliances to design programs on topics such as: immigrants’ rights, particularly on transgender and women’s issue,; women economic empowerment, labor safety training, and most passionately, Indigenous Languages: promoting awareness of the need for information in the main languages’ streams.
In 2018, in recognition of her community leadership, she was admitted into the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program from Coro Leadership Center where she developed a Community Change Project to empower Mexican Indigenous Immigrants residing in New York. This experience strengthened her skills and increased her knowledge of public policy and nonprofit management.
In her spare time, Soco volunteers at CUNY Citizenship Now!’s Volunteer Corps giving application assistance and at Friends of Governors Island as gardener. Her goal this 2020 is to become completely fluent in Sign Language.
Soco Hernandez-Serrano holds an advanced certificate in Migration and Governance from the Center for Research and Teachings in Economics (CIDE, for its Spanish acronym) and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC, for its Spanish acronym).