Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR) works with over 6,000 families a year on issues such as immigration, citizenship, deportation and voter participation focusing on keeping families together, facilitating integration and building community power.
The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights would like to extend to all its allies, supporters and constituents its best wishes for a prompt and full recovery from the ravages caused by the passing of Hurricane Sandy. The last month and a half has presented those in the tri-state area with extraordinary challenges, but the resilience of immigrant communities and the determination of NMCIR to continue to advocate for the empowerment of immigrants regionally and nationally remain strong. NMCIR looks forward to continuing its work with local, regional and national activists, communities, and leaders in the development of humane immigrant policies.
The Board of Directors of NMCIR is also pleased to announce that Angela Fernandez, Esq. is the organization's new Executive Director, effective immediately.
"We are excited to have someone of Angela Fernandez's caliber and expertise step up to lead NMCIR," said Carlos Decena, NMCIR Board Chair. "We are at a critical juncture and we are looking forward to renewed leadership to move NMCIR forward, especially given the opportunities that will open up for immigrant rights work during a second Obama administration. Angela has a proven track record of execution and is a strong communicator with deep leadership capabilities. It is a pleasure to welcome her back."
Ms. Fernandez is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law who has 20 years professional experience in law, media, non-profit management, government, policy development and advocacy.
Her public interest law experience includes working with the Center for Human Rights Legal Aid in Cairo, Egypt and providing pro bono legal services through the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Fernandez has also successfully founded and managed elementary schools in the South Bronx and in Washington DC, was a Women's Studies instructor for the LCC Inmate Education Program at Riker's Island and was a staffer for former United States Senator Bill Bradley.
Ms. Fernandez's past media experience includes working as an Off-air Reporter for ABC News, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and writing a weekly column on immigration matters for El Diario La Prensa, the most widely read Spanish language daily in the North East. She has also regularly appeared on NY1, Univision, Telemundo and CNN addressing issues related to immigration.
"I am honored and excited to lead such a dynamic organization," Ms. Fernandez said. "I look forward to working with the community in spearheading advocacy efforts, providing high quality services to the growing immigrant population of the tri-state area, and to assure that our voices continue to drive the wider immigration debate."
Prior to returning to NMCIR, Ms. Fernandez served as U.S. Congressman Jose E. Serrano's District Office Chief of Staff.
If you would like to contact Angela Fernandez, please call 212-781-0355 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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