Carlos Perea

Carlos Perea is the founding Executive Director of the Harbor Institute for Immigrant and Economic Justice. Born in Veracruz, Mexico, for nearly two decades, Carlos’ work has focused on building the political power of undocumented, working-class immigrant communities in Orange County. He has led campaigns that culminated in groundbreaking policy wins including establishing the city of Santa Ana as a sanctuary city, establishing the county’s first Deportation Defense Fund, and leading the fight to defend sanctuary for immigrant communities during Trump’s attack and lawsuit against California for becoming a sanctuary state. Carlos is a founding board member and past president of the Orange County Justice Fund. He currently serves on the City of Santa Ana Police Oversight Commission.


Xenophobia, Resistance, and the Future of the Immigrant Rights Movement
Please note, on April 27, a film team will record the ‘Xenophobia, Resistance, and the Future of the Immigrant Rights Movement’ as part of an independent documentary film being produced by Don’t Call it Content, LLC. If you do not wish to be included in the footage, please let the conference organizers know. Our panel discussion will feature immigrant rights advocates from Mexican, Latino, Vietnamese, Jamaican and Chinese migrant communities who have been instrumental in organizing for the rights of immigrants and refugees in the United States. Through short presentations, we’ll share lessons...