John Jairo Lugo
John Jairo, a life-long activist from Colombia, has lived in New Haven since 1991. He is the founder and lead organizer of Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA), a grassroots collective dedicated to immigrant and workers' rights in New Haven. Through his work with ULA, he has led successful campaigns against wage theft, won a range of victories against policies that criminalize immigrant communities, and prevented a number of deportations.
Ana Maria Rivera-Forastieri
Ana Maria is the Director of Advocacy at Junta for Progressive action. She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Puerto Rico and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School, and she is licensed to practice law in Connecticut. From 2012 to 2014, Ana Maria helped create and lead the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA), a coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth and community organizations through which she led legislative and grassroots campaigns for progressive policies in the state. She also created the Youth Action Committee at Junta, which stemmed from Junta’s organizing efforts of undocumented students.
Alok is an activist with the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA), a grassroots network of organizations and individuals fighting for the rights of all immigrants in the State of Connecticut, regardless of status or identity.