FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          AG
Wednesday, March 19, 1997                          (202) 616-2765
                                               TDD (202) 514-1888

           President Clinton Names John D. Trasvina 
          as Special Counsel for Immigration-Related 
                  Unfair Employment Practices 

     John D. Trasvina, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for
Legislative Affairs, will be nominated to serve as Special
Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices at
the Department of Justice, announced President Clinton today.

     Trasvina, of San Francisco, California, has served as Deputy
Assistant Attorney General since 1993.  He supervises a team of
attorneys to represent DOJ before Congress on immigration, civil
rights, prisons, judicial and departmental nominations, and
related legislative issues.  From 1987 to 1993,  Trasvina was
General Counsel and Staff Director for the Senate Judiciary
Subcommittee on the Constitution, where he advised Senator Paul
Simon on judicial nominations and legislation dealing with civil
rights, immigration and oversight issues.  From 1983 to 1985, he
served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San

     "John has been a tremendous asset to the Department in our
effort to address complex issues such as immigration," said
Attorney General Janet Reno.  "I am confident that he will make
an equally important contribution in his new role of protecting
citizens and legal non-citizen workers from discrimination." 

     Trasvina received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from
Harvard University earned his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law
School.  He is a former Vice President of the Hispanic National
Bar Association and was named to Hispanic Business Magazine's
list of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America.  Trasvina
also serves as a Board Member of the Conference on Asian Pacific
American Leadership. 

     The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair
Employment Practices (OSC) was created by the Immigration Reform
and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).  The OSC protects U.S. citizens
and other authorized workers from discrimination based on their
national origin or citizenship status in hiring, firing,
recruitment or referral for a fee, document abuse or retaliation
for filing a claim.  The OSC also appears before Administrative
Law Judges who are specially trained to hear IRCA discrimination
cases and conducts outreach and education programs.