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Baltimore County names its immigrant affairs outreach coordinator

Baltimore County has appointed Giuliana Valencia-Banks as its first immigrant affairs outreach coordinator, according to a news release.

Valencia-Banks will be responsible for partnering with community stakeholders to promote community well-being of immigrant communities across the county and serve as a liaison for those communities, according to a Monday announcement.

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Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. created the new position in his fiscal year 2022 budget.

“We’re excited to have Giuliana join our community engagement team, expanding our ability to address the concerns of our residents and to help them access county services,” Olszewski said in the release.

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Valencia-Banks, who holds an associate degree from the Community College of Baltimore County and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore, most recently served as the Outreach and Operations Manager at the Esperanza Center — a program of Catholic Charities of Baltimore that provides free legal services and health care to immigrants.

Valencia-Banks is also a board member of the Latino Providers Network, a nonprofit organization in Baltimore that works for the rights of Latinos. As the county’s Immigrant Affairs Outreach Coordinator, she will work to ensure Olszewski’s office operates with a multicultural lens to support the county’s rapidly growing diverse population, the release states.

“We’re making Baltimore County’s government more accessible and responsive than ever before — and that includes doing more to support our rapidly diversifying county,” Olszewski said.

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