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Monique N.

Executive Director
Boston, MA, USA

Biography

Monique Nguyen Belizario is a passionate change-maker on the leading edge of women’s rights. Since becoming the Executive Director of Matahari in 2012, under her leadership, Matahari has become a vibrant, political community that’s making strides in advancing the rights and protections for women, immigrants and domestic workers. Monique help founded the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers in 2010 that successfully spearheaded the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2014. She is a skilled facilitator, strategist and community organizer known for her abilities in using technology for advocacy and movement building. She has spoken on women’s leadership and empowerment, community base-building, domestic workers rights, racial justice and immigrant rights at campuses and events across the country. Monique has appeared in the Boston Globe, Feministing.org, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post Live, and several local television news programs. She received the ‘May Takayanagi Making Waves Award’ from the Asian American Resource Workshop in 2014; the ‘Salt of the Earth Award’ from Community Labor United in 2013; and the ‘Horace Seldon Emerging Leader Award’ from Community Change, Inc. in 2011. Monique’s drive for social justice is rooted in her own personal experience as an immigrant and daughter of Vietnam War refugees and deep belief that all people deserve dignity. She loves to cook, hike, and dream and scheme about community building. Others also know her for her past service on the board of United for a Fair Economy and the Student Immigrant Movement and co-founding EMW: Art, Technology, and Community center in Cambridge, MA. She is based in Boston, MA and also calls Vancouver, Canada and Houston, TX her other homes.

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