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Filza recently graduated and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. In her final year, she served as an intern for Undocumented Student Programming, co-facilitating ally trainings where folks learned about the current state of immigration policies. Her work also centered on educating the public about the journey and narratives of undocumented people. Filza is also a passionate leader and advocate for more marginalized groups and aspires to attend medical school to further her goal of allyship and improving the quality of care given to those on the margins.
Camila De Pierola
Camila De Pierola graduated this year from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Psychology and minor in Biochemistry. She has worked extensively with LMU’s undocumented community and served as President and Vice President of RESILIENCE, a student-led club that advocates for immigrant rights. Her time there included fighting for resources for undocumented students as well as educating the LMU community about DACA and immigration issues. Currently, she is preparing for the medical college admissions test and plans on applying to medical school to provide better and affordable healthcare for underserved communities.
Marcos Gonzales serves as the director of trauma informed education at Chicago Jesuit Academy. His pursuit of a faith that does justice has taken him from the islands of Micronesia as a Jesuit Volunteer to the streets of Los Angeles working at Homeboy Industries as a case manager. He received his BA in theology and master’s in education from Loyola Marymount University and completed his master’s in social work at Loyola University Chicago.
Kino Border Initiative
The Kino Border Initiative will be sharing perspectives from the border.
The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Diocese of Nogales. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:
- Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants;
- Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border;
- Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
Laura is a senior government relations advocate for NETWORK: Catholic Social Justice Lobby, where she develops and executes strategies to advance our agenda on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. Laura learned her skills and expertise from being a lobbyist for 11 years prior to coming to NETWORK and teaching high school government and history for nine years. She began her career at the Democratic National Committee. Laura has her undergraduate degree in History from San Jose State University and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. Additionally, she has her teaching credentials from George Mason University.