Angelica Salas is executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), a regional immigrant rights organization with a mission to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees, promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations, and empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just and humane society. Since becoming CHIRLA’s executive director in 1999, Salas has spearheaded several ambitious campaigns locally, state-wide, and nationally. For example, she helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students and established day laborer job centers that have served as a model for the rest of the nation. She led efforts to allow all California drivers to obtain a driver’s license and is a leading spokesperson on federal immigration policy. She comes by her understanding of the immigrant experience firsthand. At the age of five, Salas came to the U.S. to rejoin her parents who had come from Mexico to find work and better provide for their family.