Wences is one of OCAD’s co-founders and plays a key role in developing deportation defense strategies, organizing events, training programs, direct actions, and communications and media tactics. They are also the co-founder for the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) and an organizer recognized nationwide for their work related to deportation defense in Chicago and New Orleans fighting for immigrants’ youth rights and day laborers.
Gutierrez oversees Strategic Development & Operations for OCAD by addressing structural needs and facilitating the organization’s sustainable growth. They became involved with the organization as part of the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL). Gutierrez has over 5 years of non-profit administration development, and is also a co-founder of the Albany Park Defense Network and the Autonomous Tenants Union.
Lopez manages OCAD’s membership and leadership development, as well as artistic opportunities and graphic materials. He guides our work by developing projects that grow and establish a shared political understanding with our members and supporters.
Sobrevilla leads OCAD’s deportation defense work, coordinates legal intakes and appointments, manages the collaboration with the ICIRR hotline, and acts as a liaison with our network of attorneys. Her input on legal strategy continuously strengthens our organizing strategy and the integration of families with deportation proceedings into OCAD’s network.
Salgado is OCAD’s appointed leader for collaborations with groups fighting against police violence and criminalization. Prior to joining OCAD, she was the founder of other undocumented-led groups in the suburbs of Chicago and a paralegal for the PASO-West Suburban Action Project.
Castellanos leads OCAD Community Asambleas, events, and press conferences, and contributes to the base building of the organization and popular education for intergenerational audiences. She got involved with our community organizing efforts after her mom’s case (Genoveva).
Our collective liberation requires that we develop an intersectional analysis of the crises impacting our communities. We would be nothing without the love and solidarity we share with our friends in the struggle. These organizations have pushed our analysis, challenged our work, and helped us grow into the organization we are today.
No Cop Academy
People’s Response Team
Arab American Action Network AAAN
Black Lives Matter Chicago
University of Chicago Church
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Albany Park Defense Network APDN
Autonomous Tenants Union ATU
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos
Beyond Legal Aid
Detention Watch Network DWN
Chicago Community and Workers Rights
Just Futures Law Wilson Avenue Church
McArthur Justice Center
Solorio’s Dream Team
NIU Dream Action
Open Society Foundation
Borealis Immigration Litigation Fund
Field Foundation of Chicago
PotPolk Brothers Foundation
Public Welfare Foundation