Dagmara (Dee) Avelar (D-085)

State Representative Dagmara Avelar

Dagmara (Dee) Avelar (D-085)
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Capitol: 217.782.4179
FAX: 217.782.3885
District: 815.372.0085
Representative
Room 265-S Stratton Office Building 401 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706
623 Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Residence:Bolingbrook, IL

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Bio

Dagmara was born in Quito, Ecuador, and moved to Illinois at the age of 12 with her family and has called Will County her home ever since. She graduated from Bolingbrook High School in 2005 and is proud to have been a product of our public schools. Dagmara went on to earn her B.A. in Justice Studies and Political Science in 2010 and is currently working on her Master's in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois in Chicago. For the past 12 years, she has dedicated her life to advocating for working families particularly focusing on projects addressing the barriers of low-income, limited English proficient Illinois residents. A community organizer at heart, she got involved at a young age in civic engagement efforts to get out the vote of low-propensity voters in the southwest suburbs. In 2008 she was able to coordinate an effort to mobilize over 1,000 voters to the polls on election day alone! She has continued to do so in every presidential election and is proud to have been able to talk to community members about the importance of becoming civically engaged ever since. She has also advocated in efforts to increase the minimum wage and has been a fierce fighter in Springfield during the fight for a fair budget that puts working families first. She is currently the Director of Programs at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and works directly with 59 community-based organizations across the state of Illinois to address barriers to citizenship as well as language access primarily for immigrants and refugees. Prior to her current role at ICIRR, Dagmara worked at Instituto Del Progreso Latino as an accredited representative with a focus on citizenship and DACA and was able to assist over 400 people in their immigration journey. Dagmara, herself proudly became a naturalized U.S. citizen in April 2016.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2020    Next Election: 2022
Counties Representing
Will