State Programs Manager
Dagmara Avelar was born in Quito, Ecuador but grew up in Bolingbrook, IL. She earned a BA. in Justice Studies with a minor in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois University located in Chicago, IL.
As the Programs Manager for the New Americans Initiative (NAI) and Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP), she is part of the team responsible for overseeing program implementation, training, outreach and technical support for partner organizations.
She is a very active member of her community and has participated in various community organizing projects such as ICIRR’s DREAM Team (youth organizing group), the New Americans Democracy Project (civic participation), the Campaign to Reform Immigration for America which focused on generating contacts to congress around immigration reform and Family Support Coordinator for ICIRR's FSN hotline in 2011-2012.
Before joining our program's staff Mrs. Avelar worked at Instituto Del Progreso Latino as a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative with a focus on citizenship and DACA.