Miriam Mesa

Director of Community Education and Outreach, CHIRLA

Miriam was born in Cuba and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in Havana. She migrated to Miami in 1995 before coming to California in 1999. She worked for a Fortune 500 company before joining the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) in the year 2000. 18 years later, Miriam continues to work for CHIRLA, serving immigrant families across our local communities. As an immigrant herself, Miriam knows the difficulties of living in a foreign country, with different languages and cultures. She started as the Information and Referrals Specialist for the CHIRLA toll-free Immigrant Access hotline and has answered thousands of calls *each year* for immigrants. She is now the Director of Community Education and Outreach in the organization. She has received specialized training in immigration law, wage theft, intimate partner violence, LGBTQ issues, housing, access to benefits, worker’s rights, mental health awareness and the citizenship application process. She is bilingual (Spanish/English), has completed an extensive paralegal training on Immigration issues and already received her Department of Justice Accreditation.

Miriam is speaking at

Listen & Learn: Panel Session
March 19, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm



Global displacement is happening on an unprecedented level. In addition to conflict and the climate crisis, the coffee price crisis is a current contributing factor. Learn how the global coffee market is impacting farming communities, how displaced people are treated on their journeys and received in our communities, and how Fair Trade is one systematic solution to this humanitarian crisis. 

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