Juan Carlos Hernández is the Immigration Program Coordinator for CRLN. He is a teacher and journalist by training, but an activist at heart. He has been involved in immigration-rights work through his teaching, reporting and film production. He was the associate producer of the 2010 award-winning film Immigrant Nation!, a film which captured the sentiment of activists and people working for immigrant justice in and around Chicago. As a member of Old St. Patrick’s Church, he was part of the JustFaith program, first as a participant and then as facilitator. The year-long program is rooted in Catholic Social Teaching as well as cross cultural and interfaith work for justice.

Juan Carlos Hernández es el Coordinador del Programa de Inmigración de CRLN. Él es un maestro y periodista de formación, pero un activista de corazón. Ha estado involucrado en el trabajo de derechos de inmigración a través de su enseñanza, reportaje y producción de películas. Fue el productor asociado de la galardonada película Immigrant Nation 2010, una película que captó el sentimiento de activistas y personas que trabajan por la justicia de los inmigrantes en Chicago y sus alrededores. Como miembro de la Iglesia de Old St. Patrick, fue parte del programa JustFaith, primero como participante y luego como facilitador. El programa de un año de duración está arraigado en la enseñanza social católica, así como en el trabajo intercultural e interreligioso por la justicia.

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As Education Coordinator, Marilyn works on education and advocacy initiatives
to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba with members, board and staff. In addition, she provides technical support for education and advocacy in all other CRLN program areas.

Marilyn worked in commercial printing at Chicago’s Salsedo Press for 22 years
and is past president of the Chicago Cuba Coalition. From 1998 – 2001, Marilyn worked on humanitarian aid caravans and delegations to Cuba and Chiapas for IFCO/Pastors for Peace. She is currently a co-chair of the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of organizations working to end the U.S. embargo. Since her first trip in 1982, Marilyn has traveled to Latin America more than twenty times.

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Claudia Lucero is a long-time community organizer in the Chicago area.  She currently serves as Executive Director of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network, a faith-based organization that builds transnational partnerships to dismantle U.S. militarism, neoliberal economic policy, harmful immigration policies, and promotes economic sustainability, just relationships, and human dignity. Prior to that, she worked with the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) as Civic Engagement Coordinator, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) at the Latino Cultural Center. Claudia was one of the founders of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, now Alianza America, and one of its first employees, working as a Regional Coordinator for the Midwest. She has also worked as the Leadership Program Coordinator for CONFEMEX – The Confederation of Mexican Federations. For the last 10 years, Claudia has been a member of Durango Unido en Chicago, a hometown association. She has also served as president of Durango Unido en Chicago and CONFEMEX. Claudia was born in Durango, Mexico and immigrated in 1990. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Latino/Latin American studies from UIC. In 2006 she received the Top 40 Award from the Red Eye – a publication of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, for being a prominent leader during the 2006 mega marches for immigrant rights.

Claudia Lucero ha sido una organizadora en Chicago por un largo tiempo. Actualmente, Claudia es la Directora Ejecutiva de La Red de Líderes Religiosos de Chicago para Latinoamérica, una organización basada en fe, que construye alianzas transnacionales para desmantelar las políticas dañinas de EE.UU. en temas de militarización, neoliberalismo, inmigración, y que promueve economías sostenibles, relaciones justas y la dignidad humana. Anteriormente trabajó en la Oficina de Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (OLLAS) en la Universidad de Nebraska en Omaha (UNO) como Coordinadora de Participación Cívica y en la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago (UIC) en el Centro Cultural Latino. Claudia fue una de los fundadores de la Alianza Nacional de Comunidades Latinoamericanas y del Caribe, ahora Alianza América, y una de sus primeras empleadas, trabajando como Coordinadora Regional para el Medio Oeste. También ha trabajado como Coordinadora del Programa de Liderazgo de CONFEMEX – Confederación de Federaciones Mexicanas. Durante los últimos 10 años, Claudia ha sido miembro de Durango Unido en Chicago, una asociación de su ciudad natal. También ha sido presidenta de Durango Unido en Chicago y de CONFEMEX. Claudia nació en Durango, México y emigró a los Estados Unidos en 1990. Tiene una licenciatura en estudios Latinos / Latinoamericanos de la UIC. En el 2006 recibió el Premio Top 40 de Red Eye, una publicación del periódico Chicago Tribune, por ser una líder destacada durante las mega marchas del 2006 por los derechos de lxs inmigrantes.

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Sharon Hunter-Smith is the Office Manager and Public Policy Coordinator for CRLN, managing office finances and bookkeeping, coordinating advocacy campaigns and actions alerts with Latin American partners. She graduated from Wittenberg University with a B.A. in Religion, from McCormick Theological Seminary with an M. Div. degree, and from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago with an M.A. in Historical Theology. A member of University Church (UCC/Disciples of Christ) in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Sharon travels yearly to Guatemala as part of the congregation’s partnership with ACG–a Mayan community organizing and development association—and Saq Ja’, a Mayan community rebuilt after the destruction of the war years. She has also traveled to Honduras as a human rights observer with La Voz de los de Abajo and to El Salvador with CRLN.

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