Rachel Micah-Jones, Founder and Executive Director
Rachel Micah-Jones is an attorney and the Founder and Executive Director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc., the first transnational migrant rights organization based in Mexico and the United States. An award-winning leader in the migrant and workers’ rights movement, Rachel has focused on reforming international labor recruitment and the H-2A and H-2B guestworker programs to protect low-wage workers. Rachel has built an international coalition on recruitment reform, advocated for workers’ rights in strategic litigation against US government agencies and employers, and testified before international organizations, in US Congressional briefings, and before the Mexican Congress. Rachel’s writing on transnational migrant justice and clinical legal education has been published by the The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she co-led a groundbreaking international clinic for law students. Rachel is a graduate of Georgetown University and American University Washington College of Law.
Julia Coburn, Director of Operations in Mexico and ProMuMi Coordinator
Julia Coburn is CDM’s Director of Operations in Mexico, and the Coordinator of the Migrant Women’s Project (Proyecto de Mujeres Migrantes or “ProMuMi”). She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies and in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Media, Peace & Conflict Studies from the United Nations-Mandated University for Peace. In 2011, she received a Fulbright scholarship to work with migrant worker women in Costa Rica’s domestic service industry. Julia first fell in love with CDM as a volunteer in Zacatecas in 2008 through the University of Chicago’s Human Rights Program. She returned to CDM as a Dr. Aizik Wolf Human Rights Fellow to research the labor recruitment industry, and has subsequently worked in CDM’s Zacatecas, Baltimore and Mexico City offices in outreach, operations, and litigation support.
Alissa Escarce, Communications Coordinator
As CDM’s Communications Coordinator, Alissa manages CDM’s collaboration with the Spanish-language public radio network Radio Bilingüe on the Voy Contratado: Migrant Rights on Radio series, which airs throughout the United States and Mexico. She also manages CDM’s social media presence and press relations, makes multimedia advocacy materials and coordinates online dissemination of Contratados.org, CDM’s transmedia workers’ rights platform. Alissa was a volunteer in CDM’s Zacatecas office in 2008 and a Labouisse Fellow in the Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca office in 2011-2012. She has also worked as the Policy Associate with the Rights Working Group in Washington, DC and as a translator, interpreter and workshop facilitator with diverse social justice organizations. She holds a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from Princeton University.
Sara Geursten, Marketing and Licensing Strategist
Sara Geurtsen joined CDM as the Marketing and Licensing Strategist for Contratados.org in October 2015. Sara has extensive experience in strategy, partnership building, and licensing negotiations both in the public and private sectors. She comes to CDM from Discovery Communications, where she established and oversaw partnerships internationally to distribute products via digital channels. She has previously worked in marketing and brand management for Twentieth Century Fox Film, and as a strategy and marketing consultant for SRA International with clients at myriad U.S. federal agencies. Sara holds two B.S. degrees from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Adriana del Rocio González Serna, Finance Director
Adriana is the Finance Director at CDM. She studied Financial Administration at Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (UAA). She has worked in Centro Regional para la Competitividad Empresarial, HSBC, Seguros AIG, and also as an English and flamenco dance instructor. Adriana began working with CDM in 2008.
Lilián López Gracián, Outreach Paralegal & Network Liaison
Lilián is CDM’s Outreach Paralegal & Network Liaison, working in the area of Litigation Support Services while supporting the Outreach, Education, and Leadership Development program. She also represents CDM in two strategic national migration networks: Foro Migraciones (Migration Forum) and Colectivo de las Migraciones para las Américas (Migrations Collective of the Americas, or COMPA). Lilián graduated from Universidad de La Salle Bajío, School of Law. She has a personal and professional interest in human rights and has significant experience working with Mexican and Central American migrants in communities such as Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, and Matías Romero. Prior to joining CDM, Lilián worked in various organizations to resolve the abuses commonly experienced by migrants as they move through Mexico.
Elizabeth Mauldin, Policy Director
A former advocate in CDM’s Baltimore office, Elizabeth returned to CDM in May 2015 as Interim Policy Director. She came to CDM in 2012 from the Fair Food Standards Council, where she monitored and investigated the conditions of tomato farmworkers throughout Florida. Prior to working with farmworkers, Elizabeth was a policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center. She holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and is licensed to practice law in California. During law school, Elizabeth worked in the East Bay Community Law Center’s immigration clinic and the International Human Rights Law Clinic.
Dolores Ramírez, Accountant
Dolores is CDM’s accountant. She graduated from the School of Accounting and Administration at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM). Dolores has more than a decade of experience in accounting and auditing, having worked as an external auditor and a financial and administration consultant. Before joining CDM, Dolores’ worked with telecommunications, construction, and manufacturing companies as well as foundations.
Rebeca Rodríguez Flores, Outreach Worker
Rebeca is an Outreach worker at CDM, based in the Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca office. Before joining CDM, Rebeca worked with the Instituto Estatal para la Educación de Adultos (IEEA, State Institution for the Education of Adults) as a consultant, bilingual technician, and as a trainer for the coordination of Santiago, Juxtlahuaca.
Janet Sale, Program Associate
Janet is CDM’s Program Associate. She joined the team in 2013, after graduating from American University with a Master’s in Spanish and Latin American Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Spanish translation. She also holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Towson University. Through her undergraduate and graduate studies, Janet developed a deep interest in human rights and social justice, particularly as they relate to migrant workers and immigrants.
Natalia Thompson, Development Coordinator
Natalia Thompson is CDM’s Development Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Yale University. While at Yale, Natalia organized for migrant justice with MEChA de Yale and conducted ethnographic research on lesbian-feminist organizing in central and southern Mexico. Prior to joining CDM, she spent a year documenting cross-border feminist movements in Latin America as a Yale University Parker Huang Travel Fellow. Her writing has appeared in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social and is forthcoming in two anthologies of feminist and queer writings by women of color.
Adelina Vásquez Cedillo, Outreach Worker
Adelina is an Outreach worker at CDM, based in the Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca office. Prior to coming to CDM, she worked on an anthropological survey in Guanajuato and served as a consultant in the INEA.