SFILEN & Rapid Response Network Staff
SFILEN is a collaborative of 12 community-based organizations. Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS) provides fiscal leadership for the network, and SFILEN coordinating staff are housed along with SF and Bay Area Rapid Response staff in DSCS’s Immigrant Rights & Community Empowerment program.
Marisela Esparza, Director of Immigrant Rights and Community Empowerment
Marisela was the former SFILEN Program Manager since 2014 and also coordinated the San Francisco Rapid Response Network. In May 2018, Marisela transitioned to the role of Director of Immigrant Rights and Community Empowerment at Dolores Street Community Services. As Director, Marisela oversees the SFILEN and RRN networks and supports the coordinating staff. Her passion for immigrant rights stems from childhood when her mother was deported as a result of attorney misrepresentation. Marisela studied International Studies at the University of San Francisco and has worked on immigrant rights campaigns at the local, state, and national level.
Abigail (Abby) Salazar, SF Rapid Response Network Coordinator
Abby was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA to Mexican immigrant parents. She previously worked as the program coordinator of the LGBT center at UC Santa Barbara, and she joined the San Francisco Rapid Response Team in May 2018. As Coordinator, Abby oversees the 24/7 SF Hotline for community to report ICE activity, manages a team of dispatchers, and is involved in local advocacy efforts to conserve and advance the city’s sanctuary ordinance. Having her mother deported at a young age influenced her commitment to serving immigrant communities. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA Degree of Black Studies and Chican@ Studies in 2016.
Itzel Nuño, Bay Area Rapid Response Network Coordinator
Itzel is a first generation Mexican American who was born and raised in San Diego, California along with her two sisters. Growing up in San Diego and crossing the border to Tijuana on a regular basis has made her acutely aware of the privileges that come with being born in the U.S and the violence and injustices that are often carried out against those who are not. Itzel believes in the power of networks who collaborate to take on oppressive institutions and is dedicated to helping build and grow such networks.
As the Bay Area Rapid Response Network Coordinator for CCIJ, Itzel focuses on coordinating the Rapid Response efforts across 11 counties. Previously Itzel worked at a social impact strategy firm called Third Plateau as their Community Manager, where she was responsible for growing, strengthening, and leveraging the firm’s network of social impact leaders. Itzel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She currently lives in a small but warm apartment in Oakland with her partner, plants, and cats.
David Imhoff, SFILEN Program Coordinator
David joined DSCS as SFILEN Program Coordinator in October 2019 and currently oversees grant management, internal facilitation, and event and workshop coordination for the network. Previously, David worked for several years with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, where he coordinated international support for social and environmental justice campaigns led by Guatemalan grassroots organizations, first as an international human rights accompanier with Indigenous and campesinx land defenders, and then as U.S. Operations & Programs Coordinator. He is also involved in anti-racist organizing and political education as a collective member of Catalsyt Project. David grew up on Susquehannock territory in rural Pennsylvania and earned a self-designed B.A. in 2012 from the Evergreen State College, where he studied Political Economy and Critical Pedagogy.