Our Board of Directors
Liz Deligio, President
Liz Deligio is a human rights advocate with over ten years of experience in the psycho-social accompaniment of impacted communities. Liz has worked with communities throughout Chicago and internationally. She began her career accompanying communities impacted by the loss of public housing. As she pursued a Masters of Divinity and then later a Ph.D. in community psychology, her work became more expansive, focusing on state violence, memory, and collective healing. Liz Deligio was a member of the Cómision Ética in Colombia, a coordinator for Capacitar training with impacted youth in Kabul, and currently works with the Chicago Torture Justice Center addressing police violence in Chicago.
Chris eagan, Co-Chair
Chris Eagan is passionate about economic justice and spends his time working on a wide variety of social justice projects throughout Chicago. Chris began his career as a community activist at the 8th Day Center for Justice and subsequently worked for two social enterprises, Crisp! Mobile Grocery & Top Box Foods, each with the mission to eliminate food deserts in urban/suburban communities.
Chris obtained his M.A. in Community Development from Loyola University of Chicago as a member of Magis Fellowship. Chris obtained his B.A. in Business Administration from the Loyola Marymount University. Chris is an alum of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Kierra Jackson, Treasurer
Kierra Jackson is a Yale University master's student in advanced practice nursing. She is pursuing her MSN as a certified nurse-midwife/women's health nurse practitioner. Kierra spends her days as a community health worker in women's health with a focus on pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Her work is primarily in support of high-risk women and their families. Having spent five years working in development at an anti-hunger nonprofit, Kierra is passionate about development/fundraising for worthy causes. She currently resides in New Haven, CT, after nine years in Washington, DC.
Lupita Aguila Arteaga
Lupita Aguila Arteaga is a labor rights advocate with over 10 years of experience organizing and advocating for workers throughout Chicago, Florida, and Latin America. Ms. Aguila Arteaga began her organizing career at a local worker rights center while attending DePaul University for undergraduate studies. Ms. Aguila Arteaga went on to spend several years collaborating with Latin American and U.S. trade unions and human rights organizations working on advocacy issues of U.S. aid and trade policies to Latin America. In Florida, she was a monitor with the Fair Food Standards Council overseeing the compliance of its human-rights-based code of conduct throughout the state’s tomato industry. She currently works for SEIU Local 1 in Chicago as a lead organizer in the Residential Division.
Laura Vilim, Secretary
Laura Vilim is a founding partner of Valdez Vilim & Wunrow, LLP. She focuses her practice in the area of immigration and nationality law, including family-based immigration, humanitarian immigration (asylum, VAWA, U Visas, T Visas and SIJS), naturalization, immigration appeals, and removal defense. She represents clients with cases before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice.
Ms. Vilim also currently works as an adjunct professor at Valparaiso University School of Law, where she teaches and supervises the immigration law clinic. Prior to co-founding Valdez Vilim & Wunrow, LLP, Ms. Vilim practiced immigration law at a private firm in Chicago. She also served a 2-year term as an Attorney Advisor through the U.S. Attorney General Honors Program at the Chicago Immigration Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice. She has a background in human rights and advocacy work, which she gained by working at Amnesty International before she became an attorney.
Ms. Vilim speaks Spanish. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and sits on the AILA EOIR Liaison Committee and Ethics Committee. Ms. Vilim obtained her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. She obtained her B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. She is admitted to practice law in Illinois.
Charity ryerson, Staff Representative
Charity Ryerson is a human rights advocate with over 10 years’ experience in the field. She has conducted labor rights and human rights monitoring, including anti-union violence investigations, throughout the Americas and Asia. Prior to founding CAL, Charity litigated complex international human rights cases under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act, including Does v. Chiquita Brands International, Saldana v. Occidental Petroleum, Balcero v. Drummond, and Arias/Quinteros v. Dyncorp. She received her Political Science B.A. from Loyola Chicago, and her J.D. from Georgetown. Charity is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. and Illinois.