Founder & Assistant Director of Social Emotional Learning
Casa Mariposa & Lynn Public Schools
Virginia Leigh is a bilingual clinical social worker with over 12 years of experience working in community health centers, detention centers, and schools. In 2019 she purchased a large Victorian home in Lynn and founded Casa Mariposa, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing culturally inclusive, responsive and respectful education and subsidized housing to marginalized immigrants and their families as they navigate adjustment to life in Lynn.
In 2008, fresh out of college, Virginia founded, funded and directed an educational initiative inside Mexican juvenile detention centers called The Albergue Bolivia Project and from 2008-2010 established herself as a champion and voice for unaccompanied children along the US Mexican Border. After completing her work in Mexico, she provided translation support and legal information at the Texas Civil Rights Project aiding undocumented victims of domestic violence.
Virginia obtained her MSW in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College and has worked with complex trauma, community violence, and immigration. She co-founded a medical legal partnership while working in Brockton. While working at the Lynn Community Health center, Virginia co-founded and led a coalition of 30+ community organizations supporting immigrant families in Lynn.
For the past six years, Virginia has worked tirelessly for the Lynn community earning her recognition from community partners and other agencies for her excellence and rigorous accountability for the highest of ethical standards in clinical practice and community advocacy.