Our Staff

 

Arceo, Monique
Information and Referral Specialist

(213) 353-1329 direct line
marceo@ chirla.org

 

Arroyo, Horacio
Director of Citizenship & Civic Engagement
(213) 201-4449 direct line
harroyo@ chirla.org

Horacio Arroyo has worked at CHIRLA for 8 years, and became a member while still in High School.  In 2001, he was one of the first members of CHIRLA’s Wise Up! Youth Education and Leadership Development Program and helped pass California's in-state tuition AB540 legislation which has allowed thousands of undocumented students to continue their Higher Education in California colleges and Universities.  For the last 8 years, Horacio has worked as a Youth Organizer and recently transitioned into a broader role as a Regional Organizer and Civic Engagement Coordinator where he coordinated CHIRLA’s Voter Education and Mobilization Drive which contacted over 12,000 people in 2010.  As a Civic Engagement coordinator, he leads Voter Registration efforts and non-partisan Voter Education work in key areas in Los Angeles County.

Bandera, Zizi
Call Center Manager

(213) 353-1337 direct line
zbandera@ chirla.org

 

Barcenas, Fabiana
Civic engagement Organizer
(213) 201- direct line
fsaucedo@ chirla.org

 

Bernabe, Antonio
Senior Organizer
(213) 353-1784 direct line
abernabe@ chirla.org

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

Bernal, Yolanda
Administrator
Volunteer Coordinator
(213) 353-1348 direct line
ybernal@ chirla.org

 

Brazer, Katie
Coordinator
OC Healthy New Americans
(213) 353-1333 X 317
kbrazer@ chirla.org
 
Cortez, Karla
Citizenship Legal Fellow
(213) 201- direct line
kcortez@ chirla.org
 

Cabrera, Jr., Jorge-Mario
Director of Communications
(213) 353-1789 direct line
jmcabrera@ chirla.org

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
Statewide Organizer (family)

(CA Dream Network)
dcolin@ chirla.org

Diana is state-wide organizer working with colleges and universities and communities through the California Dream Network (CDN) a project of CHIRLA.

Corpeño, Xiomara
Director of Organizing
(213) 201-4451 direct line
xcorpeno@ chirla.org

Xiomara is CHIRLA's Director of Organizing. Xiomara began as an activist while a student at UC Riverside, headed the first in-house voter program then served as Director of Organizing.

Dawit, Gebriel
(213) 353-1343 direct line
Computer and Information Administrator
gebriel@ chirla.org

Del Rio, Rosanna
Civic Engagement Organizer
(213) 201- direct line
rdelrio@ chirla.org
 
Escobar, Alba
Coordinator
SGV Healthy New Americans
(213) 353-1333 X 317
aescobar@ chirla.org
 

Francisco, Victoria
Custodian

 

Fuentes, Sylvia
Development Coordinator
(213) 201-4452 direct line
sfuentes@ chirla.org

Silvia joined CHIRLA in 2010 as the Development Coordinator and Graphic Designer. For her, design/art direction is a form of activism that uses images and words to deliver a message or a call to action to the public. Silvia graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BA in Advertising in 2006 with an interest in pursuing a career in social marketing. With her work she hopes to foster change and combat apathy.

Garcia, Bethzy
Dream Center Coordinator
(213) 201- direct line
bgarcia@ chirla.org
 
Garcia, Gabriela
DACA Fellow
(213) 201- direct line
ggarcia@ chirla.org
 

Gomez, Charlene
Family Organizer
(213) 353-3921 direct line
cgomez@ chirla.org

Charlene is state-wide organizer working with colleges and universities and communities through the California Dream Network (CDN) a project of CHIRLA.

Hernandez, Areli
Executive Assistant
(213) 201-4450 direct line
ahernandez@ chirla.org

 
Khommarath, Kathy
Staff Attorney
(213) 201- direct line
kathyk@ chirla.org
 
Marroquin, Julio
Coordinator
II Healthy New Americans
(213) 353-1333 X 317
jmarroquin@ chirla.org
 
Martinez Guardado, Jerry
Coordinator
LA Healthy New Americans
(213) 353-1333 X 318
jmguardado@ chirla.org
 
Brazer, Katie
Coordinator
OC Healthy New Americans
(213) 353-1333 X 317
kbrazer@ chirla.org
 
Mejia, Jaqueline
Program Manager
LA Healthy New Americans
(213) 353-1333 X 317
jmejia@ chirla.org
 
Mendina, Rita
Policy Advocate
(213) 353-1334 direct line
rmedina@ chirla.org
 

Mendoza, Jose
Receiption & Administration Assistant
(213) 353-1340 direct line
jmendoza@ chirla.org

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 calling center operator 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
mmesa@ chirla.org

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
Bookkeeper
(213) 353-1339 direct line
cmontes@ chirla.org
 
   
Perez, Luis
Legal Services Director
(213) 353-1781 direct line
lperez@ chirla.org

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

Polanco, Jaqueline
IT Support Specialist
(213) 353-1333 X251
jpolanco@ chirla.org
 
Ramos, Diana
Youth Organizer and Program Coordinator
(213) 201-4453 direct line
trodriguez@ chirla.org
 

Rayfield, Beth
Director of Development
(213) 353-1338 direct line
brayfield@ chirla.org

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).

Gonzalez, Tanya
Individual Giving Coordinator
(213) 353-1337 direct line
tgonzalez@ chirla.org
 

Salas, Angelica
Executive Director
Extension: 223
asalas@ chirla.org

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.

Segura, Rosamaria
Membership Coordinator
(213) 353-1785 direct line
rsegura@ chirla.org

 

Simons, Greg
Citizenship Service Coordinator
(213) 353-3919 direct line
gsimons@ chirla.org

 

Saucedo, Fabiola
DACA Fellow
(213) 201- direct line
fsaucedo@ chirla.org
 

Trujillo, Pedro
Youth & Family Organizer (Wise-Up!, CDnet)
(213) 353-3921 direct line
ptrujillo@ chirla.org

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
Citizenship & DACA Fellow
(213) 201- direct line
fsaucedo@ chirla.org
 

Villela, Joseph
Policy Director
(213) 353-1782 direct line
jvillela@ chirla.org

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
Extension: 237
zyilma@ chirla.org

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

(CHIRLA)
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