Abril Gallardo Cervera
Abril Gallardo Cervera and her family immigrated to the United States in 2003, she recalls having to adapt to a new culture and a new lifestyle. While this was very difficult for them, her family is strong. Abril and her family have maintained great faith alongside their church's support. However, fear was still tangent in their daily lives because of all the anti-immigrant laws, such as SB1070, and the hate speech from people in Arizona.
Despite this, Abril was able to transform this sense of fear into a force to get involved and organize the immigrant community in Arizona. With the efforts of hundreds of individuals such as Abril, undocumented youth were able to get Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provided temporary relief for undocumented youth.
Abril has spent more than six years organizing and leading in her community through educational forums, legal immigration clinics, promoting Latino voting, civic education, and youth leadership development in Arizona and was instrumental communications team members in the Bazta Arpaio campaign, who defeated former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in 2016.
Currently, Abril is the Communications Director Arizona Center for Empowerment, and she also serves as the coordinator of the One Arizona Implementation Working Group that focuses on educating, mobilizing, and demanding dignity for immigrant families.