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Board of Directors

SARAI PORTILLO
Jael Sarai Portillo Suarez is the Executive Director of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ). Sarai has more than ten years of experience organizing with Immigrants and African Americans for workers rights. Prior to AJIC Sarai served as the Interim Executive Director for the Miami Workers Center, where she also held positions as Program Director and...
ROSANA ARAUJO
Member

ROSANA ARAUJO

I was born on May 3, 1968 in Montevideo, Uruguay. I had my Primary and Secondary Education at Sacred Heart College. I Graduated from the University of Popular Culture in the area of ​​art and culture. As an activist, I participated in the student movements against the Uruguayan dictatorship, in the “landless” and “homeless” movements,...
RIAHL O’MALLEY
Riahl O’Malley lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts and works at United for a Fair Economy. As Education Director he develops educational materials and leads trainings around the country with workers centers, unions, community organizations and faith-based communities. He has been using popular education to lead workshops and build power for change for the past 10 years....
ODILIA ROMERO
In the 1981, she migrated to Los Angeles, California where she settled in the Pico-Union district along with the many indigenous-migrant communities in the area. Odilia is the first Zapotec women to be the  General Binational Coordinator of the Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales/Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB), after serving six years (two terms)...
MIRTHA COLON
Secretary

MIRTHA COLON

Mirtha Colón is originally from Honduras and has lived in New York for nearly 40 years, during which time she has worked to raise the quality of life for Black Central American communities, and to defend the human rights of immigrants and their families. She currently serves as President of Hondurans Against AIDS/Hondureños Contra el...
LEVIS TORRES
Member

LEVIS TORRES

Levis Torres is a Colombian immigrant who arrived in the United States in 1992 full of dreams, but quickly confronted the harsh reality facing immigrant communities in this country. In 2005, Levis began to participate in an organization called The Union of the Uninsured (LA UNION DE LOS SIN SEGUROS), which fought for the rights...
LARIZA DUGAN-CUADRA
Lariza Dugan-Cuadra, is the Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center CARECEN of Northern California, along her team she works to advance and build long-term sustainability for their social service programs; advocacy efforts locally, nationally and transnationally; and to engage the broader community they represent and allies in the on-going work for social justice....
Judith Montenegro
Judy Montenegro is the Director of Community Organizing for the Latinos in the Deep South Program at the Latino Commission on AIDS. Since 2004, Ms. Montenegro has worked with the immigrant population focusing on immigration reform, farm worker advocacy and awareness, and unionization of the workforce. She serves on the Boards of Directors to two...
ELSA LOPEZ
Membership Mobilization Manager

ELSA LOPEZ

I was born in Michoacán, Mexico in a small town called Cheranastico. I emigrated to the United States when I was 7 yrs. old and grew up in Wheaton, IL. Before I came to the United States my parents had already immigrated to the U.S., my older sister and I stayed behind until we could...
ELMER ROMERO
Elmer Romero was most recently an educator working in the field of Adult Education as a program manager at Houston Center for Literacy. Previously, he developed program and oversaw local and federal contract and grant implementation for Baker Ripley/Neighborhood Centers, Inc. in Harris County. Before moving to Texas, he was the Director of Education for...
CLAUDIA LUCERO
President

CLAUDIA LUCERO

Claudia Lucero is a long-time community organizer in the Chicago area.  She currently serves as Executive Director of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network, a faith-based organization working to promote human rights in Latin America.  Prior to that, she worked with the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)...
ABEL NUÑEZ
Abel Núñez joined CARECEN as its Executive Director in March 2013. Prior to CARECEN, he was Associate Director of Centro Romero in Chicago, IL, and was primarily responsible for the day to day operations, fiscal management, program administration, and communications. Mr. Núñez migrated from El Salvador to the United States with his family in 1979...