Leticia D. Chacon is the Chief Executive Officer of Human Services Association (HSA). She graduated from UCLA with a Master of Social Welfare in 1974 and received her License in Clinical Social Work in 1979, giving her 37 years of experience working in the field of social work and committed to ending multigenerational cycles of child abuse and family violence.
Leticia had served as Director of Social Services in the Los Angeles County Health Department, Maternity and Infant Project for ten years, serving high-risk pregnant women and their children in the East and Northeast Los Angeles cities while working diligently for years as a member of Trabajadores de la Raza. For another 12 years she developed a private counseling business, targeting families, women and children, in particular, referred from the Department of Children and Family Services in East Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley. Additionally Leticia was one of the founding members of the first bilingual hotline in Southern California to serve Latina sexual assault survivors.
In partnership with some colleagues, she began the Alvino Escobar Scholarship Fund to support Latinos earning graduate educational degrees in social work. She is also Adjunct Faculty, including being a Group Facilitator at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California supporting students who are committed to serving the Latino population. In 2000, she was nominated by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and one of five women who were honored with the “Unsung Heroines Award” at the Third Annual Unsung Heroines Awards Luncheon in Washington D.C. sponsored by the Mitsubishi Motors U.S.A. Foundation honoring women who have tirelessly invested their time and efforts in improving the lives of others in their communities.
As of June, 1996 Leticia was appointed as Family Preservation Director after HSA was awarded a grant through the LAC Department of Children & Family Services to provide quality in-home counseling services designed to protect children by strengthening and preserving families whose children are at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. The program promotes the physical, emotional, social, educational, and cultural growth of the children in a safe and caring home environment. Leticia brought her expertise and knowledge implementing program procedures, hired and trained bilingual/bicultural, professional /paraprofessional staff in an effort to insure that children were safe and families were achieving the goals set for them. Over 525 clients were served during this period.
This set off a realization and awareness of the much needed services lacking in this community and thus began her quest to seek out additional funding in an effort to fulfill and implement additional services to the children, teens, and families of Southeast Los Angeles. Leticia has spent countless hours in her commitment and devotion to enhance ethical, cultural and social awareness of the underprivileged.