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Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007

Placement 2:
Senator Robert Menendez (NJ)
Placement 1: Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
Hometown: Goshen, NY
Education: Bard College, B.A., Political Science

The Congressional Hispanics Caucus Institute (CHCI) honors Betsaida Alcantara as the April 2007 Fellow of the Month. During her placement in the office of Senator Charles Schumer (NY), Betsaida conducted policy research ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention in Federal prisons to immigration reform. She developed a comprehensive immigration reform referral package and co-wrote a speech on juvenile justice reform in New York City.

Currently, Betsaida is working in the office of Senator Robert Menendez (NJ). In this capacity, she has been disseminating the Latino Leadership Link, a resource tool for Senate staffers that includes a press release and issue brief to update Senators on how major policy issues of the day impact the Latino community. She is also assisting the Senate staff with the Democratic Hispanic Task Force, Co-chaired by Senator Robert Menendez and Senator Ken Salazar. Her responsibilities include: tracking Hispanic news and compiling bi-weekly clips, assisting with event organizing, writing memos and floor speeches for the Senator.

Betsaida has been fortunate to have a diversity of both professional and academic experiences. Prior to the fellowship, she worked with the New America Alliance, a group of Latino business leaders that want to create pathways to wealth-building for the Latino community. She was also a legal research assistant with the Workers' Rights Law Center, an organization that provides free legal assistance to farm workers, day laborers and immigrant workers in the Hudson Valley of New York.  

Her varied experiences also include monitoring elections in Guatemala, studying post-communist transitions to democracy in Hungary, being on a delegation to Mexico to see first-hand the effects of NAFTA on 'maquila' workers and co-founding the Youth Arts Group, an ongoing leadership development program for rural and migrant youth.

Most of Betsaida's work experience has been for the empowerment of underrepresented groups in the United States. She hopes to continue to find ways to combine her public sector experience with private sector skills to craft strategic solutions for the most pressing issues in the country today.

Past Fellow of the Month

Israel Nery - May 2015 Fellow of the Month
Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007