Our Staff




Barcenas, Fabiana
Civic engagement Organizer
(818) 274-4336 Direct Line


Bernabe, Antonio
Senior Organizer
(213) 353-1784 Direct Line

Antonio joined in 1997 when the City of Los Angeles transferred the Day Labor Program to CHIRLA.  Antonio has been an integral member of the area’s day laborer history and struggle as we know it today. He is one of the pioneers in the first leadership school for day laborers followed by the first Day Laborer Union. Antonio effectively ran the North Hollywood Day Laborers Center which become the national model for a Day Labor Center.  Currently he is the lead Organizer for the AGUAS Campaign and organizing families in the San Fernando Valley

Jones, Yolanda
Director of Administration
Volunteer Coordinator
(213) 353-1348 Direct Line


Brazer, Katie
OC Healthy New Americans
(213) 353-1333 X 317
Cortez, Karla
Law Clerk
(213) 201-3789 Direct Line

Cabrera, Jr., Jorge-Mario
Director of Communications
(213) 353-1789 Direct Line

Jorge-Mario is the Communications Director at CHIRLA since 2008 where he borrows the bully pulpit on a daily basis to advocate, educate, praise, denounce, question, and engage with the immigrant community and the general public on critical issues impacting immigrants.  Jorge-Mario studied at UC Santa Cruz in the Community Studies program and UCLA at the Graduate School of Public Health.

Colin, Diana

Director of Civic Engagement



Dawit, Gebriel
(213) 353-1343 Direct Line
Information Technology Manager


Francisco, Victoria


Garcia, Bethzy
Dream Center Coordinator
(213) 353-3920 Direct Line

Gonzalez, Tanya
Individual Giving Coordinator
(213) 353-1337 Direct Line


Hernandez, Areli
Executive Assistant
(213) 201-4450 Direct Line



Khommarath, Kathy
Staff Attorney
(213) 201-3788 Direct Line
Martinez Guardado, Jerry
LA Healthy New Americans
(213) 353-3783 Direct Line
Mejia, Jacqueline
Program Manager
LA Healthy New Americans
(213) 353-1333 Ext.: 317

Mendoza, Jose
Administrative Assistant
(213) 353-1340 Direct Line

Jose joined CHIRLA as an active member in 2009 when he was a student at Glendale Community College. He has served the immigrant community as a phone operator in the calling center reaching out to voters and encouraging them to get involved in the civic process.  Since November 2010, Jose has been part of CHIRLA’s full-time Staff as the Administrative Assistant.

Mesa, Miriam
Community Education Coordinator
(213) 353-1341 Direct Line

Miriam joined CHIRLA in 2000.  She graduated as Chemical engineering in Havana, Cuba in 1994 and as an immigrant, has learned the difficulties of living in a foreign country, with different languages and cultures.  For years she has handled thousands of calls a year through the toll-free CHIRLA Hotline.  She recently completed an extensive paralegal training on Immigration issues.  Miriam is currently the Community Education Coordinator at CHIRLA.

Montes, Claudia
(213) 353-1339 Direct Line
Morales, Apolonio
Political Director
(213) 353-1342 Direct Line
Ordaz-Garcia, Brenda
(213) 201-3781 Ext.: 317
Peñaloza, Daniel
Central CA Healthy New Americans
(213) 201-3781 Ext.: 317
Perez, Luis
Legal Services Director
(213) 353-1781 Direct Line
Ramos, Diana
Youth Organizer and Program Coordinator
(213) 201-4453 Direct Line

Rayfield, Beth
Director of Development
(213) 353-1338 Direct Line

Beth Rayfield joined CHIRLA as the Director of Development in 2008.  Previously, she served as the Director of Fund Development and Communications at the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), and prior to this was a Development Associate at Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE).  Beth has a doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, where she taught Women's Studies, and received recognition for her scholarship on race and representation in photography and popular culture.  As UC teaching staff, Beth was an organizer for and the first President of UAW Local 2865, an 11,000 member statewide union at the University of California.  As the President of this diverse labor union, Beth fought for the working conditions and contractual rights of international students and other academic student employees, and lobbied on a state and federal level on behalf of the UAW International's working families in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  Beth lives in Long Beach, where she is the former Board Chair of the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency (SACA).

Rodriguez, Elizabeth
Community Education Associate
(213) 201-3785 direct line


Salas, Angelica
Executive Director
(213) 353-1333 Ext.: 223

Since becoming CHIRLA's executive director in 1999, Angelica Salas has spearheaded several ambitious campaigns locally, state-wide, and nationally. She helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students and established day laborer job centers that have served as a model for the rest of the nation. She led efforts to allow all California drivers to obtain a driver license and is a leading spokesperson on federal immigration policy as an active member of FIRM and RIFA.

Under Angelica's leadership, CHIRLA and its partners across the country have built the foundation for the recent upsurge in immigrant rights activism.  As part of a national coordinating committee, Angelica helped convene a coalition of organizations in California which have successfully mobilized millions of immigrants to demand comprehensive immigration reform including legalization with a path to citizenship, family reunification, and the protection of civil and labor rights.

One of Angelica’s greatest accomplishments at CHIRLA has been the transformation of a coalition of social service providers into an organization that empowers immigrants to engage in advocacy on their own behalf. In this respect, she has blazed a pioneering trail among immigrant coalitions around the country and has propelled other immigrant rights groups to follow her lead.  In March she walked along thousands in the annual Selma to Montgomery March.

She comes by her understanding of the immigrant experience firsthand. As a five year old, Angelica came to the U.S. from Mexico to rejoin her parents who had come to the U.S. to find work and better provide for their family.






Sanchez, Isabel

Policy Advocate
(213) 353-1334 Direct Lline



Segura, Rosamaria
Program Director
(213) 353-1785 Direct Lline

Isabel Sanchez is the Policy Advocate for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). In this capacity, she works in conjunction with CHIRLA’s Policy Team in protecting the rights of immigrants by promoting local, regional, state and federal policies that advance immigrant integration and protect immigrants’ basic human and civil rights. Furthermore, she serves as a liaison between federal policy members and CHIRLA. Isabel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside in Political Science/Law and Society. Prior to joining CHIRLA, Isabel worked as a congressional staffer for United States Senator where she served an intermediary role between federal and local agencies on behalf of the Senator’s constituency.

Simons, Gregory
Citizenship  &
B.I.A. Representative
(213) 353-3919 Direct Line


Trujillo, Pedro
Youth & Family Organizer
(213) 353-3921 Direct Line

This spring, Pedro will be the first member of his family to graduate from a four-year university (Cal State Northridge, with honors!). He has always had a passion for helping the immigrant community and is delighted to be working with immigrant youth since he aspires to be an educator in the near future. He serves the immigrant community as the WiseUp! Project organizer at CHIRLA. 

Velasco, Eden
(213) 201-3786 Direct Line

Villela, Joseph
Policy Director
(213) 353-1782 Direct Line

Joseph is the Senior Policy Advocate at CHIRLA.  His significant experience and knowledge of the local, state and federal legislative process, has helped the immigrant community gain representation and advocacy strength for laws and regulations pertaining to access to health services, income support programs, and immigrant and civil rights. He attended UCLA in 2005.

Yilma, Zerihoun
Associate Director
(213) 353-1346 Direct Line

Zerihoun Yilma Join the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) in 2001 as a Director of accounting. In 2003, he became the Director of Finance and Administration, and in 2007 transitioned into the Associate Director position.  Zerihoun helped CHIRLA secure financial stability and maintain strong internal systems. Before coming to CHIRLA, Zerihoun had professional and academic journeys in different countries including India, Botswana, Namibia, and Ethiopia, receiving his Masters Degree from Poona University. His previous experience in corporate management and accounting for several for-profit companies has shaped his expertise in the non-profit sector.

For detail listing and contact of CHIRLA's Fellow and Interns please follow the link http://www.chirla.org/CHIRLA_Fellow

For detail listing and contact of CHIRLA's Fellow and Interns please follow the link http://www.chirla.org/CHIRLA_Fellow


Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

2533 W. Third Street, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Telephone - 213.353.1333
Fax - 213.353.1344
Toll-free - 1.888.6-CHIRLA [1.888.624.4752]
E-mail - info @ chirla.org