Organizing Campaign Coordinator, CHIRLA (Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights)
Rosa Barrientos-Ferrer is the Organizing Campaign Coordinator at CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights). In this role, Rosa serves as a liaison on all organizational-wide campaigns for the Organizing Department. She organizes delegations to Washington D.C. to advocate on immigration-related matters and leads CHIRLA’s campaign to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Before this role, Rosa organized undocumented youth in Northern California for CHIRLA’s youth branch, the CA Dream Network, the largest network of undocumented students in California. She successfully fought for more educational resources for undocumented students such as the expansion of AB540 and the passage of state bills like the Dream Loan Program(S.B. 1210) and the Dream Resource Liaisons (A.B. 1645). In 2019, she worked in Washington DC, serving as the bridge between CHIRLA’s Policy department and Organizing department, ensuring that CHIRLA’s membership base understood the impact their voice had in the federal government. During this time she helped lead efforts to advocate for the passage of the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6). Prior to officially working at CHIRLA, she started as a member where she provided her testimony to the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure the implementation of the Driver’s Licenses to immigrants was fair and transparent. She also organized community forums near her home to talk about Driver’s License to the undocumented community. At the age of 18, she was granted DACA and made it her purpose to advocate for a permanent solution for all 11 million undocumented immigrants. Under DACA she was given the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) which gave her an inside view of how the federal government operates. Rosa Barrientos-Ferrer immigrated with her family from Guanajuato, Mexico to the U.S. for a better quality of life and an opportunity to reach the American Dream. She attended East Los Angeles College where she received her A.A. in Chicano Studies and Social Behavioral Analysis, and received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Political Science from Sacramento State University.