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Fellow of the Month

Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month

Rafael Hurtado Jr.
PepsiCo Foundation Pre-Law Public Policy Fellow
Chicago, Illinois
University of Illinois, Chicago
B.A. Criminology, Law, and Justice
1st Placement:
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
2nd Placement: Office of Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Rafael Hurtado Jr. was born and raised in Chicago’s Little Village, a neighborhood known for its vibrant Mexican culture. Rafael grew up feeling a strong connection to the community. He became involved with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) at the age of 15 and remains involved with educating people about environmental justice and the harmful effects of polluting industries in Little Village. His work at LVEJO has helped him see the strong correlation between environmental injustices and crime in his neighborhood, which ultimately inspired him to pursue a B.A. from the University of Illinois, Chicago, with a major in criminology, law and justice. 

As a community organizer within LVEJO, Rafael worked on several campaigns such as Open-Space, which was successful in the remediation of a super-fund site, currently being converted into the first new park Little Village has seen in over 80 years and the Clean Power Campaign, which was successful in the shutdown of both the Crawford & Fisk Coal power plants. Rafael also sits on the steering committee for Voces Verdes, which has helped him learn the importance of civic-engagement on both the federal and state level.  

As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Rafael hopes to learn the inner workings of our federal government in an effort to encourage and assist individuals communicated their concerns from a grass-root level to the Federal level.

Past Fellow of the Month

Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007