Claudia Peralta is a program coordinator for the New Americans Initiative (NAI) and Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). Claudia is responsible for program implementation, monitoring, reporting, and outreach.
Born in Cuenca, Ecuador, Claudia arrived to the U.S. when she was 12 years old and shortly after she began to understand, to a personal level, the disparities of race in the U.S. Claudia worked in the medical field for 7 years as the manager of a surgical center. Among her responsibilities, Claudia ensured that immigrant patients received quality treatment and resource accessibility. This included providing interpreting support for Latino immigrants and helping them navigate and understand their rights.
Claudia graduated from DePaul University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies. She interned with the Chicago City Council’s Aldermanic Office, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and the Ecuadorian Consulate. Throughout these internships, Claudia had the opportunity to advocate for immigrant rights, conduct outreach, promote social equity and work closely with immigrant communities in the Chicagoland area. Claudia is passionate about social justice, inclusivity, and equity for all and this passion reflects in her work and commitment to fellow immigrant communities.