Pramila Jayapal made history yesterday as the first woman elected to Washington’s 7th Congressional District, the first person of color elected to the Washington State Democratic Delegation, and the first South Asian woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Pramila came to the U.S. from India as a young immigrant, and has spent the last twenty years working both internationally and domestically as a leading national advocate for women’s, immigrants’, civil, and human rights. Jayapal founded OneAmerica, the largest immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Washington State, advocating for local, state, and federal policies that make for stronger communities, including the Dream Act, and helping thousands of immigrants become active and engaged American citizens.
Pramila has helped lead the national fight for comprehensive immigration reform and due process, as co-director of We Belong Together – a campaign to mobilize women in support of common sense immigration policies that keep families together and empower women. She helped launch the National Partnership for New Americans, comprised of the country’s 37 largest regional immigrant rights organizations in 31 states.
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