2019 MO Immigration ConferencE
KEYNOTE (SATURDAY NOV. 16th)
Sulma Arias is the Director of Immigrant Rights at Community Change. For four years previously, she was the Executive Director of Sunflower Community Action in Kansas, a multi-racial grassroots organization dealing with issues of racial and economic inequality. Under her leadership, a coalition of local and national organizations launched an anti-hate campaign against the agenda of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, which America's Voice described as the best anti-hate work in the country.
Prior to Sunflower, Sulma was the Campaign Director for National People's Action's Immigrant and Worker Justice program, where she coordinated training and capacity building for 12 grassroots organizations in 10 states. Sulma migrated from El Salvador to Kansas at the age of twelve. In 2000, Sulma organized leaders to launch a statewide campaign to change the state's driver's license law. In 2003, she directed grassroots participation in the introduction and successful passage of Kansas' in-state tuition bill. In 2004, as the Organizing Director for Sunflower, Sulma helped expand Sunflower Community Action from local to statewide.