Erica Mesa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California with a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. While in college, she began her career working at an unaccompanied minor shelter for immigrants, which ignited her passion in immigration. While in graduate school, she worked with immigrant adolescents at an at-risk high school and adults by facilitating group and individual therapy. She also interned at a local non-profit that provides legal services to immigrants.
After she received her Masters degree, she worked at the American Bar Association-Immigration Justice Program to pilot adding a social worker for the National Qualified Representative Program (NQRP) in San Diego and provided case management, individual and family therapy, and support to attorneys and clients. She then moved onto a local program that organized volunteers to visit immigrants that were detained at CoreCivic (formerly known as "Otay Mesa Detention Center") in San Diego and provided local and statewide advocacy on immigration rights. Additionally, Erica has worked at psychiatric hospitals in San Diego and in the Bay Area focusing on children, adolescents, and adults. She has provided services in the acute inpatient and detoxification unit, intake, and outpatient services in the community. Most recently, she has worked at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital working in the acute and sub-acute inpatient unit and was a member of the Latinx Task Force for the psychiatry department. Currently, she is a therapist with Better Help via teletherapy. She does volunteer work with Postpartum Support International. Erica currently lives in Thousand Oaks, California with her husband and daughter.