Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services

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Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services

Diane Eason Contreras

Diane Eason Contreras is the director of YWCA Tulsa’s Immigrant and Refugee Services, overseeing I&R programs, community partnerships, and outreach. Diane holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and juris doctorate from California Western School of Law. After law school, Diane was a fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles, California where she worked on impact litigation on behalf of immigrants. Subsequently, Diane spent two years on the U.S./Mexico border with ProBAR in Harlingen, Texas, a project of the American Bar Association (ABA), the State Bar of Texas, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). While at ProBAR, Diane managed the children’s team, provided direct services to unaccompanied children, and recruited and mentored volunteer attorneys. Prior to joining YWCA, Diane was a staff attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma in a Medical Legal Partnership.
 
Diane is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and California (inactive) and a member of AILA and the Tulsa County Bar Association. Diane is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has experience with grant writing as well as client centered research and program design from her time at CAP Tulsa. She is a member of the City’s New Tulsans Implementation Team, supporting the city’s efforts to create pathways for immigrant residents to be welcomed in Tulsa.