Diverse Community Leader Award Honoree
Estera Borcsa (Yorba Linda)
Estera Borcsa has been working in the helping field since high school; her mission in life is to be a voice for the voiceless. Justice is of the utmost importance to Estera; she can envision the big picture when it comes to policy and how it influences the lives of minorities and low-income families. She works diligently to improve institutional racism and disparity among minorities in her community, country and internationally.
Estera has been working with Orange County Human Relations since high school, facilitating anti-bullying campaigns through the BRIDGES program, and has continued to work with OCHR by participating in Restorative Justice Circles, Community Mediations, Orange County courts Mediations and presenting an Orange County Mediation Conference.
After graduating high school, Estera earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California (USC) in Mental Health and Conflict Resolution. She has since worked with several Orange County agencies creating groups for at risk youth, representing foster youth at advocacy hearings, working with families and young adults with severe trauma and providing mental health therapy to children and families at Providence Community Services, Southern California Children’s Bureau and Olive Crest.
Estera is currently a Clinical Director, Psychology at Crittenton Services overseeing five mental health programs that serve children, families, foster youth and refugee minors.
Estera has considerable international experience. She is a United Nations Ambassador, Chair of the Sustainable Development World Goals for Conflict Resolution and Global Peace Building for Mediation Beyond Borders International (MBBI). She presented an artistic “spoken word” piece at the United Nations Headquarters in 2017, on the topic Womens’ Empowerment. She has subsequently presented this spoken word piece at many community events and universities and is in the process of creating a mini film series on “Women as Agents of Change”. Working with MBBI, Estera was a European Union Delegate for the Romanian Consulate and Embassy; she helped create a coalition to provide policy recommendations to the Romanian delegation in order to break though barriers and help them implement The World Goals, by building a resilient infrastructure, promoting human rights and working toward gender equity. She has participated in international Peace Building efforts in Europe, and attended the International Congress 2015 with an international delegation of Activists, Political World Leaders and International Peace Builders. Estera was invited to the Peace Palace, The International Court of Justice in Europe, for an international congress in 2017 with world leaders developing a framework for world-wide conflict resolution and peace.
About the Award
Our annual Diverse Community Leaders Award honors individuals and groups who have made extraordinary contributions to Orange County in human or civil rights.
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