Panel discusses the plight of undocumented women


Undocumented Mexican women coming to the United States face a myriad of struggles such as sub-minimum wages, sexual harassment and being victims of crimes, which often go unreported for fear of deportation.

Undocumented Women flierThese topics and others such as the Dream Act will be the focus of a panel session on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Santos Manuel Student Union Theater at Cal State San Bernardino.

The panel session is presented by the university’s Women’s Resource Center, Latino Education and Advocacy Days project (LEAD) and the Mexican Consulate. Charlene Gomez from the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles will be the moderator.

Panelists who will share their experiences include:

  • CSUSB student Tania Spencer, who is employed in the scheduling office in the Santos Manuel Student Union;
  • Socorro Quinones, who has worked with the National Day Labor Organizing Network (Larissa Crossno will act as translator for Quinones);
  • Fatima Cristerna-Adame, a naturalized citizen from Mexico from the California Charter School Association, who will talk about getting citizenship and entering the workforce;
  • Julieta Alamarez, from the non-profit group Mujeres de Valor, who will talk about the issues that undocumented women face;
  • Elena Sahagun, an attorney; and
  • Carolina Zaragoza Flores, the Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino, who will introduce the Mexican Consulate.

A question-and-answer period will follow the discussion.

For more information, visit the CSUSB Women’s Resource Center website, or contact Marissa Wollard, program assistant at the center at (909) 537-7203 or e-mail at

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit