Karina Lopez is currently a program coordinator for the New Americans Initiative (NAI) and Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP). She has worked directly with asylum seekers and individuals arriving in Chicago that have been detained by the Department of Homeland Security at the southern border and released. In addition to providing immediate assistance to these asylum seekers and connecting them with local resources.
Born in Quito, Ecuador, Karina moved to Illinois at the age of 10. As a new immigrant in Chicago’s southwest suburbs, she experienced firsthand the challenges of moving to a new country. For the past 6 years, she has dedicated her life to advancing pro-immigrant policies and programs. She was an active member of a delegation advocating for the passage of the DREAM Act in 2007. Prior to her current role at ICIRR, Karina worked for the Consulate of Ecuador in Chicago as a Consular Agent for the Immigrant Care Abroad. There, she focused on deportation, human trafficking, and educational workshops for the Ecuadorian community. During her time at the consulate, she assisted over 700 people on their immigration journey.