Sonya López joined the ACLU of Florida staff in August 2022 during election season as a Voting Rights Organizer, where she worked closely with the Miami-Dade community to provide voter education and promote voter turnout. In December 2022, she became the Statewide Immigrants’ Justice Organizer, and currently focuses on community organizing to gain supporters and volunteers that uplift immigration rights for Floridians.
As a Hispanic New Mexican native, she has witnessed the difficulties immigrants face when coming to a border state and has a deep admiration for her Hispanic community. While embracing living in Florida and working a new position at the ACLU of Florida, she finds common ground in the strong Hispanic communities throughout Florida.
Before joining the ACLU of Florida, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a Senate staffer for Senator Ben R. Luján (D-NM). While working in the U.S. Capitol, she aided in a variety of civil justice policy issues such as gun violence prevention, immigration, civil rights, voting rights, and government reform. She spent five years working for the constituents of New Mexico, both in the state and on Capitol Hill, gaining a passion for policy advocacy and working for communities that are often underserved and most at risk of their civil right being taken away.
Working as an organizer she has leaned on her foundation of working for constituents by helping them receive federal help with their USCIS immigration cases, Veteran’s VA benefits, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare all with compassion and gratitude to be of service to others.
Sonya received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, where she double majored with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, and a minor in Communications.