Born in Mexico, Estela De Los Rios grew up in California and picked grapes in at the age of 13 during the Cesar Chavez movement. As Executive Director of the Center for Social Advocates in San Diego, Ms. De Los Rios fights human trafficking, hate crimes, and civil rights violations experienced by immigrants/refugees. She served as an international leader for Justice Overcoming Boundaries and chaired the Immigrant Rights Consortium and United for a Hate Free San Diego. Ms. De Los Rios is a board member of Latinos y Latinas En Accion, Border Links, Empower San Diego, and Newcomers Support and Development collaborative.
“We cannot let children be raped and trafficked on our border with Mexico, regardless of what side. It’s very sad to know that this is occurring on a daily basis.”