Co-Chair, The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC)
Lilian Jimenez grew up on the South Side of Chicago as a child of immigrant parents. As an undergraduate student, she was involved in anti-war and anti-colonial movements and organized around issues of social and economic justice. Prior to attending law school Lilian worked in Chicago advocating on behalf of low-wage immigrant workers. Her positions included: Education Coordinator at Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Workers (UNITE!), Citizenship Coordinator at Erie Neighborhood House and Association House of Chicago and a Paralegal at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Lilian Jimenez received her law degree from DePaul College of Law in 2011.
Lilian currently serves as the Manager of the Fair Labor Standards Division of the Illinois Department of Labor where she works to investigate and enforce wage theft laws. One of her major accomplishments is ensuring that the Department accepts certification requests for U-visas from immigrant workers that are victims of workplace abuse. She also works to ensure that workers centers and grassroots community organizations have a seat at the table when major policy decisions are being made.
Lilian has been active with the Guild since her first semester of law school, serving as president of the DePaul Law school chapter. She currently serves on the National Executive Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, as well as a Board Member of the Chicago Guild. She is the National Co-Chair of The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) and co-founded Chicago TUPOCC because she believes that if the NLG is going to grow and stay relevant to today's social movements it must promote diversity and leadership among attorneys, legal workers, legal advocates and students of color.