Luis R. Cabrales is Associate Director at the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice. An immigrant from Durango, Mexico, Luis grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He attended college in the early 1990’s, when undocumented students had to hide their legal status to be able to get an education. Despite
experiencing homelessness, incarceration and deportation, he graduated Cum Laude in Cultural Anthropology from CASULA, and received a certificate in Volunteer Youth Agency Administration from American Humanics University.
Luis has 25 years of experience as a social, environmental and immigrant rights advocate. Throughout his career, Luis has worked to empower immigrant and low-income communities to connect social ills with civic and voter participation. His campaigns have reached millions of people information about
public and environmental health policies and affordable housing and homelessness prevention.
In 2011, Luis was recognized as a Champion of Change by President Obama (in absentia) for his work reducing air pollution in communities of color. Luis has been featured on Telemundo, Univision, and La Opinion, among many national publications. In 2013, author Linda Marsa highlighted Luis’ contributions to the environmental justice movement in Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health — and how we can save ourselves.