Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change, to speak at RISE Above Conference on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
Kica Matos is the Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change (“CCC”), an organization that works to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives.
Ms. Matos has extensive experience as an advocate, community organizer and lawyer. She served as Deputy Mayor in the city of New Haven, where she oversaw all of the city’s community programs and launched a number of programs and initiatives, including the creation of an identification card for all residents, aimed to address public safety concerns among the immigrant population and create opportunity to engage them in civic life.
Matos was previously the Executive Director of JUNTA for Progressive Action, New Haven’s oldest Latino community-based organization. She also has extensive experience in the area of criminal justice and has worked as an assistant federal defender for death sentenced inmates and with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Amnesty International on death penalty and criminal justice issues. Ms. Matos has a B.A. from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, an M.A. from the New School and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
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