John Rafferty, an attorney with the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, has been named to the board of directors of La Comunidad Hispana, which serves southern Chester County as the leading provider of integrated health and community services.
“We are thrilled to welcome John to the LCH Board. Our mission at LCH is simple and straightforward,” said Ronan Gannon, Chair of the LCH board and Chief Commercial Officer at EryDel. “We change lives by serving Southern Chester County as the leading provider of integrated healthcare and community services. Our vision is a vibrant, inclusive, prosperous and healthy community for all. John will be a great contributor on the Board and will help us sustain our mission and progress toward our vision.”
Rafferty’s experience in assisting newcomers to the U.S. began during his career in the Navy, where he served as the Assistant General Secretary for the Migrant Workers Protection Society in Bahrain, which addressed the housing needs of the area’s migrant workforce. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious shipboard accomplishments, as well as the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for exemplary public service efforts.
Rafferty also lived in Ecuador for 10 months on a Fulbright Fellowship, where he conducted field research on the scope of human trafficking. When he returned to the U.S., he fought for immigration benefits for victims of human trafficking
“LCH’s provision of affordable health care services to the uninsured and underinsured of Chester County has expanded over the years to now include dental services, women’s health, support for survivors of domestic violence, bridges to social and legal services and ESL educational opportunities for members seeking to become bilingual,” says Rafferty, a member of Gawthrop Greenwood’s Litigation practice. “It’s a pleasure to be of service to this thriving organization.”