Catalina Velasquez


Ruby Jade CoradoCatalina Velasquez is an immigrant from Colombia, yet, after 13 years of living in the U.S., people in this country refer to her as a DREAMer. As a U.S. refugee, she knows what it is like to be otherized by a world that fears what is different. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, Catalina is an alumnus of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Politics: International Law, Norms, & Institutions with a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Her thesis was titled “Immigrant Women: the Documented, the Undocumented, and the Invisible; The Female Face of Immigration.” Catalina is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and was awarded the title of Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation and the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace. Catalina works closely with the D.C. Office of Latino Affairs as an appointed commissioner of the city, and she was instrumental in the passage of the D.C driver license campaign to provide undocumented immigrants in the District of Columbia with government identification cards. Her expertize are on reproductive, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights, LGBTQ Liberation and the global fight for human rights.