For the Promotion of Social Justice and Legal Empowerment of the Immigrant Community

Centro de Apoyo a la Communidad Inmigrante


Promote social change, development, and Immigrant Rights through legal empowerment activities and programs.


1. Engage the immigrant community of North Carolina in the implementation of the programs aimed to achieve the organization's mission through community organization and leadership activities.

2. Implement educational programs aimed to instruct the immigrant community in knowing their rights and the process of exercising these rights;  prepare the immigrant community to confront abusive actions and to protect their rights; and encourage immigrants to formulate their own development initiatives. 

3. Provide legal services at low cost and pro-bono according to the immigrants' needs. The main goal of service is to fill the gap between immigrant rights and the ability of the immigrant community to exercise these rights effectively. 

 4. Build and strengthen relationships with governmental agencies, private sector, media, faith-based and civil society organizations.

Board of Directors


Estefania Cavallo,  President

I'm from South America, Uruguay. I came to this country in 2004 graduated in Athens High School, in Raleigh North Carolina. I'm a very perseverant and positive person who is always willing to help others and specially in our Latino community. I know that we are here in this country for an important reason and that is to grow and have a better future. For some of us it has been really difficult to be here and we keep on pushing but all that matters is that we never give up and we will keep fighting for our dreams.


Chris Stinnett

Chris is an entrepreneur who sees an opportunity and takes it with the determination to succeed. His passion for equal opportunity for everyone and his open mind which reflects his innovative business ideas, bring to D.E.A.R. an important financial element. During his business ventures, he has had the opportunity to work with immigrants, which has given him a clear understanding of the immigration policy failures and the negative impact of this broken system on the economic development of North Carolina and the United States.

Our Team:


We are dedicated to serve the immigrant community in North Carolina. Our team believes that education is the key to development and social change, and that legal empowerment promotes and protects our rights.  We have a combined thirty years of experience working with the under-served population and serving the community.


Jessica Lopez

Executive Director.  

Steve Monks, Esq

Senior Attorney


Charles Kunz



Elizabeth Arias

Raleigh Office Manager.
I am from Colombia, South America. I am an educator by trade as I have spent most of my career as an elementary and middle school teacher. Upon my arrival to the United States, I wanted to take a more active role in helping the immigrant community. As the office manager, I manage all appointments, provide administrative assistance, and manage supplies. I take an active role in promoting education to our community members who visit the foundation.

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Hernando Cabeza

Burlington Office Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator
I am from Colombia, South America. I am a businessman and salesman by trade as this constituted most of my experience in Colombia. I am an extrovert and I love interacting with people so I am very excited to manage the Foundation's office in Burlington as this gives me a chance to meet and interact with members of the immigrant community in North Carolina. As the office manager, I manage all appointments, provide administrative assistance and information to the community. As a community outreach coordinator, I am in the field reaching the Latino community in Alamance, Durham and Wake County to offer our services and invite them to participate in our educational programs and legal empowerment activities.