Isabel Castillo
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Virginia Organizing, Community organizer

Isabel Castillo is a “DACAmented” immigrant from Mexico. From 2009 to 2012, Isabel, with hundreds of other young people, organized to change the conditions of living in the U.S. as undocumented immigrants. With the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, Isabel planned rallies, organized a march on Washington DC, and staged a non-violent sit-in at the then U.S. Senate Majority Leader’s office to demand passage of the DREAM Act. In May 2011, the University of San Francisco awarded Isabel an honorary doctorate degree to Isabel for her unwavering organizing and advocacy.

After 26 years of living in the U.S., Isabel continues to work for a world where communities are empowered to make decisions in society and to speak for themselves. She believes in restorative justice embedded in anti-oppression and brings that practice to her work every day. Isabel is a community organizer with a grassroots non-partisan statewide social justice organization called Virginia Organizing and holds a Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. When she’s not building power with the community, she’s spending time with her family and playing soccer.