Claudia joins the Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors team with a background in community organizing, community development and financial management. Claudia started her passion for community organizing during her time at Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC) a non for profit in Pilsen where she worked on social justice issues around access to education, early childhood initiatives, affordable healthcare and comprehensive immigration reform amongst others. At PNCC Claudia also organized and fundraised for Fiesta del Sol, the largest Latino fundraiser festival in the Midwest.
Most recently Claudia was part of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago working on Quality-of-Life Planning in Chicago neighborhoods. Claudia holds a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Accounting and Finance and an MBA from National Louis University (NLU) and is currently a part of the Community Psychology doctoral program at NLU where she is focusing her research on issues that she is passionate about: immigration and access to education with a focus on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Claudia was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in Mexico and immigrated to the US at the age of 5. Claudia grew up in Chicago and brings her own immigrant experience with her to this work. Claudia and her husband Angel are raising two children and hope to instill in them a love and passion for education and helping others.
The daughter of once-undocumented immigrants from Poland, Jenny has been working to keep immigrants in the United States since 2005. Prior to her current role with Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors, she was the supervisor of the DePaul Asylum and Immigration Clinic’s inaugural U Visa Summer Volunteer Project, a student in DePaul’s Asylum and Immigration Clinic, and a volunteer at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR). Jenny is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, NLG Chicago’s Next Gen Committee, and NLG’s National Immigration Project. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2005 and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2010.
Hanoch first joined NIJFON in the 2013 as a volunteer at the Aurora Clinic and continued volunteering throughout law school until he officially joined NIJFON as staff attorney in 2018. He was born in the U.S. to the son of immigrants from Grenada and Trinidad and migrant workers in the United States. After serving in Rockford, IL as an AmeriCorps VISTA, he went to law school, motivated to serve the legal needs of the immigrant community. In law school, Hanoch organized the National Latina/o Law Student Association’s moot court competition as NLLSA’s Attorney General in Boston, MA. He also received public interest awards from the Illinois State Bar Association, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation and Northern Illinois University College of Law for his pro-bono work.
Hanoch’s experiences gave him insight into human trafficking, social security disability benefits and homelessness, as well as Muslim civil rights under the travel ban. He is also active in a number of bar associations and currently serves as the Vice President of Public Relations for the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 2010 and his Juris Doctor from NIU College of Law in 2017.
Victoria De La Rosa was born and raised in Rockford Illinois. Her parents came to the U.S. as Mexican immigrants in the late 60s, and they instilled in her a tireless work ethic and a drive to serve to her community. She has had a long career of advocacy and service to her community. Victoria is the proud mother of two teenagers. She hopes to pass on to them the same values she inherited from her parents. She holds a Masters in Community Counseling from National Louis University.