Christine Neumann-Ortiz is the founding executive director of Voces de la Frontera in Wisconsin, and a state and national leader in the immigrant rights movement. Through her leadership, Voces has grown from a small, grassroots worker center to a state and national leader in the immigrant rights movement.
Voces is the largest Latino membership based organization in Wisconsin. Since 2006, Voces has mobilized nearly half a million people in mass marches, the largest of which was 100,000 people on May 1, 2011. Voces has won several systemic changes including suspension of Wisconsin’s social security no-match letters and passage of in-state tuition for undocumented students.
Christine is a nationally-recognized spokesperson for immigrant rights, and is currently organizing in alliance with unions to fight unprecedented attacks on labor, to defend in-state tuition, and to defeat an Arizona copy-cat immigration bill.
Christine will be accepting the 2011 Community Change Champion Award for Community Organizing and Leaderhip on behalf of Voces.
To learn more about Christine and the other recipients of the 2011 Community Change Champion Awards, join us at ChangeAwards.org.