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Eva Castillo

castilloEva was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Michigan in 1976 where she graduated from Western Michigan University. She has been working with the Latino community ever since she moved to the United States. In Michigan she directed the Hispanic American Council, and upon moving to New Hampshire in 1984, she worked at the New England Farm Workers Council and the Latin American Center. In 2007, Eva was hired by MIRA Coalition as an organizer and coordinator of the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.

Eva’s tireless work to support immigrants with workers’ rights education, medical and legal interpreting and immigrant rights advocacy has granted her the community trust, and they contact her with a wide range of issues when the need arises. Eva is a strong voice for the immigrant community and works with many allies to promote their integration and equity.

She encourages and trains others to stand up for themselves and to take charge of their own lives and circumstances. “We must realize that it is only by working together that we will achieve the power we need in order to make changes in society”.

She is a constant presence at the NH State House whenever her testimony is needed in bills that affect immigrants and refugees. Eva is concentrating her efforts in the passage of an immigration reform bill that would provide the undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship.

She is part of the Steering Committee for the NH Health Equity Initiative and the NH immigrant Integration Initiative. She chairs the Manchester Disproportionate Minority Contact committee and serves as a Manchester Police Commissioner and as vice chair of the Governor Commission of Latino Affairs. Eva is also part of several boards and steering committees in New Hampshire.