New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice
Immigrants who came to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina to help rebuild the homes, roads, and livelihood of communities now find themselves unfairly targeted by the criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems for arrest, detention, and deportation. Gonzalez will work with day laborers, women, youth, immigrant families, and others to challenge these practices.
As lead organizer for the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice Congress of Day Laborers, Gonzalez helped establish and maintain a base of day laborers dedicated to building worker power, advancing racial justice, and mobilizing workers across race and industry in post-Katrina New Orleans. She was the lead investigator and primary author of two reports that documented the inhumane conditions in the immigration detention center in Basile, Louisiana and played a key role in exposing abuses in the South Louisiana Correctional Center.
A recipient of the New Voices Fellowship, Gonzalez holds a degree from Wesleyan University, and has studied at the School of International Training in Durban, South Africa, and the Universidade Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela.