Angelica is still the Executive Director of the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights. for the past twenty-one years, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) has been at the forefront in the fight for immigrant and refugee rights in Los Angeles and across the state and nation. As issues have changed over the years, so has CHIRLA. From its pioneering efforts to establish the first day laborer centers in the country (1989), to its training and mobilization of young activists in its Wise Up program (2001), and its participation in national, state, and local public policy initiatives, CHIRLA has adapted its strategies, but never abandoned its core mission to represent and advocate for the interests of the immigrant community.
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Angelica is a Mexican immigrant who came to the United States at age four with her teenage aunt and uncle to reunite with her parents. Angelica leads a multi-ethnic coalition that advocates for the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles, helping increase naturalization rates by 400%.
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