2012 Inductee - Arturo Ocampo


2012 Inductee - Arturo Ocampo

Law & Justice/Civil Rights

Dr. Arturo E. Ocampo was born in Mexicali, Mexico, and was one of seven children. His parents, Jose and Marina Ocampo, instilled in him his passion for social justice.His father first came to California as a migrant farm worker. The family eventually settled in Salinas California where Arturo and his siblings experienced at a young age the oppressive nature of farm work.

Arturo received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from UC Berkeley, School of Law. He was named a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow and placed in the Law Offices of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) in Modesto. After his fellowship he was hired by the Stockton CRLA office as an attorney where he litigated for the civil rights of farm workers and immigrants for 15 years. From 1999 – 2008, he served as the Director of Diversity at San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, and from 2008 – 2012he served as the first Latino Assistant Provost at the University of the Pacific.

Arturo first became involved in grass roots organizing and the Chicano movementin high school where he was mentored by Fred Ross Jr. and the local CommunityService Organization. As an attorney he has successfully advocated and litigated on behalf of the Latino, immigrant, undocumented, and farm worker communities. Hehas been vigilant in serving and advocating for those most vulnerable in ourcommunity through legal representation in individual and class action lawsuits.Locally he has enforced field sanitation and safety standards for farm workers,protected immigrants from unscrupulous business predators, enforced laws that protect farm workers from pesticide poisoning, substandard housing and wage and hour violations, and enforced the education and language rights of immigrant families.On a state and national level Arturo has been successful in stopping unlawful border patrol raids; prohibiting local law enforcement from enforcing immigration laws;and in protecting the rights of amnesty applicants through a series of class actioncases. The first case Arturo worked on that received national attention was theinfamous “Rancho de Cuevas” case.

Some of Arturo’s community activities included developing free citizenship clinics in the 1980’s & 90’s, chairing the San Joaquin County Immigrant Rights Coalition, chairing the local “No on Prop 187” campaign, Co-Founding Familia Latina de Pacific, sitting as the Board Vice President for the Jose M. Hernandez Reaching for the Stars Foundation, Co-organizing the Pacific Academia de Matematicas, and working onthe Bracero Statue Plaque Committee.

He has been married to his wonderful wife, Roxanne Ocampo, for 11 years andtogether they have three great children. Carlos is attending UC Santa Cruz, Gabi is attending Harvard University, and Emilio, a 5th grader, is a budding scientist and wants to attend Cornell University. Together they also fund the annual Ocampo Familia Scholarship for immigrant students in Tracy. Arturo currently has a private law practice in Tracy, California, specializing in Educational Law. He continues tobe a warrior for our community.