Dr. Patty Ramirez, DSW, MSW is a transnational social worker, healing-centered facilitator, and advocate who earned her Master’s and Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Southern California. Dr. Patty is the Founder and CEO of KLBRI, a grassroots organization with the mission to uplift and sustain advocates and leaders through an ecosystem of care, well-being, and healing.
Dr. Patty is Xicana Indigena and Salvadoran and is passionate about embracing her ancestral medicine and practices in her work. Dr. Patty believes that reimagining how we heal and lead will increase sustainability of social justice leaders, organizations, and social justice movements. For over a decade, Dr. Patty has dedicated her work to serving immigrant victims of crimes, unaccompanied children, asylum-seeking individuals and families, and justice-impacted people.
Dr. Patty’s experience includes direct service provision, violence prevention, criminal justice policy advocacy, program and curriculum development, strategic planning, and organizational development. Dr. Patty is the Lead Trainer for Xinachtli Youth Rites of Passage curriculum and provides capacity building consulting to organizations, schools, and systems for the implementation and evaluation of the Xinachtli curriculum. Dr. Patty Is an Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor with a specialization In Tribal and Indigenous Communities. She is also a founding member of the Los Angeles County Crime Victims Advisory Board. Dr. Patty is committed to the vision of collective healing and breaking down barriers that discredit the voices and thought leadership of Black and Indigenous people and people of color.