CDM’s Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2016

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Evy Peña
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM)
From Mexico: 01-800-590-1773; From the US: 1-855-234-9699 // evy@cdmigrante.org

CDM’s Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members

Policy and media consultant Gabriela Domenzain and organizational development strategist Ana Polanco join CDM’s Board of Directors

Today, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: progressive policy and media consultant Gabriela Domenzain, who will also serve as the Board’s Vice President, and organizational development strategist Ana Polanco. The appointments of Gabriela and Ana expand CDM’s Board of Directors to eight members committed to advocating for migrant workers’ rights in the United States and in Mexico.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gabriela and Ana to our Board of Directors,” said Rachel Micah-Jones, Executive Director of CDM. “Their professional experience and dedication to human rights will only strengthen our mission and bolster our fight.”

With a background in policy, media and politics, Gabriela Domenzain is a distinguished media advisor, specializing in voter outreach. Notably, she served as President Barack Obama’s spokesperson and hispanic media director in 2012 and Martin O’Malley’s deputy campaign manager in 2016.

Ana Polanco is a senior advisor and executive coach, specializing in global and national partnerships and membership campaigns on a number of civil, political and human rights issues, including gender-based violence, and social and economic rights. Today, as the chief executive officer of Polanco Consulting, Ana works to equip extraordinary leaders with the tools to create transformative change on important social causes.

At a time of heated national presidential debates on immigration and deep anti-immigrant sentiment, CDM plays a key role in defending migrant workers’ rights, as the first transnational organization of its kind to focus on US labor rights and be based in Mexico. In 2015, CDM and allied organizations won critical protections for seasonal low-wage, non-agricultural workers under the H-2B visa — a first in the program’s history. Today, CDM continues to lead the way in increasing migrant workers’ access to justice with innovative, transnational advocacy and fighting for dignified work, safe working conditions and fair pay for migrant workers in Mexico and the United States.

“Migrant workers’ rights are too often ignored during immigration debates and immigration reform negotiations,” said Sarah Paoletti, President of CDM’s Board of Directors and Director of the Transnational Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. “CDM’s work aims to ensure the voices of migrant workers are heard, and their rights respected.”

To see a full list of CDM’s Board of Directors and work please visit: http://www.cdmigrante.org/about-cdm/board-of-directors/

 

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Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) envisions a world where migrant workers’ rights are respected and laws and policies reflect their voices. CDM empowers Mexico-based migrant workers to defend and protect their rights as they move between their home communities in Mexico and their workplaces in the United States through education, outreach, and leadership development; intake, evaluation, and referral services; litigation support and direct representation; and policy advocacy. Read more about CDM at www.cdmigrante.org.