CDM Staff

Rachel Micah-Jones, Founder and Executive Director

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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.

Mónica Ramírez, Acting Deputy Director

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Mónica Ramírez is the Acting Deputy Director of CDM, based in the Baltimore, Maryland office.  Daughter and granddaughter of migrant farmworkers, Mónica has been a farmworker, anti-sexual violence, women’s and immigrant rights activist for more than 17 years.  She is nationally recognized as an expert on workplace sexual violence and other forms of gender discrimination against migrant farmworker and other low-wage immigrant women.  Mónica is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and The Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law.

Adelina Vásquez CedilloOutreach Worker

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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.

Adriana del Rocio Gonzalez SernaFinance Director

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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.

Brenda Andazola Acosta, Mexico Director and ProMuMi Coordinator

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Brenda is Director of CDM’s Mexico offices, based in Mexico City. She also coordinates the Proyecto de Mujeres Migrantes (Migrant Women’s Project, or ProMuMi). She completed her studies in International Relations in 2007 at ITESM in Chihuahua, Mexico. Prior to joining CDM, Brenda served as a coordinator of ¡Mexico Infórmate! She is also the cofounder of Observa Ciudadan@, an organization based in Chihuahua Mexico, which promotes transparency. Additionally, she has worked in the Centro de los Derechos de las Mujeres, AC (Center for Women’s Rights) and has volunteered with FUNDESPEN (The Foundation for the Sustainable Development of the Yucatan Peninsula).

Elizabeth Mauldin, Advocate

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Elizabeth is an advocate in CDM’s Baltimore office.  She came to CDM 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.

Jessica Stender, Legal Director

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Jessica is CDM’s Legal Director. She graduated from Boalt Hall in 2009, where she was active in the National Lawyers Guild and served as an Executive Editor on the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. After graduating from law school, Jessica worked for two years as a Civil Rights Fellow at the class action law firm Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian. Prior to law school, Jessica worked for three years as a paralegal at Friends of Farmworkers in Philadelphia.

Kristin Love, Director of Strategy and Development

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Kristin Love is the Director of Strategy and Development at CDM. She has also worked as a policy attorney, Skadden Fellow, and staff attorney with CDM in Baltimore and Zacatecas and as a staff attorney with an immigrant children’s advocacy organization in Texas. Kristin graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Chicago.

Lilián López GraciánOutreach Paralegal

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Lilián is CDM’s Outreach Paralegal. She 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.

Dolores Ramírez, Accountant

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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.

Sarah Farr, Justice in Recruitment Project Coordinator

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Sarah graduated from the University of Chicago in 2011 with degrees in History and Latin American Studies. She then moved to Mexico City to study the history of Mexico City’s urban expansion with the support of a Fulbright-García Robles Research Grant. After finishing her project, she joined the CDM team to coordinate the Justice in Recruitment Project.

Sarah RempelPolicy Director

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Sarah is CDM’s Policy Director. She came to CDM after working as an attorney advisor in the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Department of Justice. Prior to her experience with the DOJ, she volunteered at CDM in Zacatecas, Mexico, and clerked for the Honorable Robert B. Kershaw of the Baltimore City Circuit Court. During law school, Sarah was the Haywood Burns Memorial Fellow for Social Justice at Farmworker Justice and represented immigrant workers through the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Sarah received her JD from American University Washington College of Law and her BA from Bethel College (Kansas).

Rebeca Rodriguez FloresOutreach Worker

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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

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Janet is a Program Associate at CDM. 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. Through her undergraduate and graduate studies, Janet developed a strong personal interest in human rights and social justice, particularly as they relate to migrant workers and immigrants.

Sarah Karpovich, Program Associate

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Sarah Karpovich is a Program Associate at CDM. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Writing and Spanish from Loyola University Maryland. Sarah’s volunteer work during her undergraduate studies helped foster her strong interest in social justice and nonprofit work.

Renato R. Rocha, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Fellow, Public Policy Initiative Grant

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Renato is collaborating with CDM’s Justice in Recruitment Project to investigate the impact of the H-2 visa program recruitment process on temporary migrant workers and their families. Prior to CDM, Renato worked on labor and immigration policy issues at Farmworkers Justice in Washington, DC. Renato is a graduate of Occidental College, where he was awarded a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship to Princeton University.

Mateya Beth Kelley, Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellow

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Mateya is a 2013 graduate of New York University School of Law, which awarded her the Helton fellowship to spend one year with CDM. During law school, she worked with the N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change, the U.S. Dept. of Justice (Washington), the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (Amman), the NY Civil Liberties Union, the Legal Aid Society of NY, the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. Prior to law school, Mateya worked for a local hotel workers’ union (UNITE HERE! Local 25) and for former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes. She received her B.A. in American Studies and International Studies from Yale University in 2005.