My name is Diana Barrera. I first got involved fighting for worker’s rights under the leadership of my undergrad professor James Walsh in Denver, Colorado. With his knowledge of history he ignited a flame of passion for worker’s rights in my soul and helped me find my raison d'etre.
My name is Gabriela López Compeán and I am a student at the University of Houston Law Center. I am from San Luis Potosí, México, and as an immigrant I am passionate about teaching our community about their rights and empowering them to have a lasting impact on our country.
Founded in 2006, Fe y Justicia Worker Center’s mission as a safe space for low-wage workers to learn about their workplace rights and to organize to improve working conditions on the job. We build the collective power of low-wage workers in Houston in order to ensure a community in which all work is respected and all workers have a right to a healthy and sustainable job. FJWC provides volunteer and internship opportunities for the benefit of participants in order that they might gain skills, experience, and training.
Human rights are basic rights. One of those rights is to have access and be engaged in occupation. The word "occupation" not only encompasses work but also relates to our "role" in society; in how we occupy our time and how that fills us with meaning and purpose. If what we do as our occupation is not respected and valued, our well-being and purpose in life is negatively affected.
Cecilia is an undergrad student at Rice University, double majoring in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. She has been living in Houston for 10 years and plans to attend law school after she graduates next year. In the Spring of 2014, she will be working with La Colmena, a Domestic Workers group at Fe y Justicia Worker Center.
This is the second of a series of Fe y Justicia Worker Center volunteer features. We want to introduce you to the amazing volunteers and student interns who organize events, assist our members with cases of workplace abuse, and bring amazing energy to the organization.