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Wendy Cervantes, MA

Wendy CervantesSteering Committee Member
Center on Immigration and Child Welfare

Wendy Cervantes is the Vice President of Immigration and Child Rights Policy at First Focus and the Director of the Center for the Children of Immigrants.  In these roles she is responsible for leading the work on cross-cutting policy areas that impact children of immigrants and their families including child welfare, immigration, education, human rights, family economics, and health. She has authored several policy reports on the children of immigrants, including most recently The Cost of Inaction: Why Children Can’t Wait for Immigration Reform. Before joining First Focus, Ms. Cervantes was Director of Programs at La Plaza, a Latino community-based organization in central Indiana that provides education, health, and social service programs  to over 7,000 families annually. Prior to La Plaza, Ms. Cervantes worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she managed the national immigrant and refugee families portfolio and the District of Columbia portfolio. Ms. Cervantes also has experience as a transnational community organizer, an adult ESL instructor, and a youth program coordinator. She currently serves on the Board of Welcome.US, Board of the Women’s Equity Center and Action Network, Steering Committee of the U.S. Campaign for Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Advisory Committee of the We Belong Together Campaign, and as Policy Co-chair of the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare. In 2011, she was selected as an ALL IN Fellow with the National Hispana Leadership Institute. The proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, she holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies and Political Science from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Southern California.