Workplace Justice Organizer
Hamilton brings a wealth of experience in immigrants’ rights and workers’ rights organizing to the Fe y Justicia Worker Center. He was a founding member of the student group JIFM (Jovenes Inmigrantes por un Futuro Mejor) which started organizing in 1999 to win in-state tuition for immigrant students through HB1403 which was signed into law in 2001. He continued to stay actively involved through informing high school students about their rights under the new law and promoting the DREAM Act and immigration reform through local protests and actions and traveling to D.C. to speak with U.S. Senators and Representatives. Hamilton also worked three years at CRECEN (the Central American Resource Center), a community-based organization that advocates for immigrants rights in Houston.
Hamilton then started working for the Service Employees International Union (SIEU) Local 3 in Ohio in a tri-city campaign in Cincinnati, Columbus and Indianapolis organizing janitors to win a fair contract. He then returned to Houston in late 2004 to work for SEIU’s Local 1 as in a historic campaign to win the first contract with immigrant janitors in 2006 in the largest city in one of the largest “right to work” states. He continued to work with SEIU through 2007, and in 2008 was hired as an organizer at Fe y Justicia Worker Center (at that time “Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center”).
Hamilton’s mom is his main source of inspiration. As a single mother with limited English, and a trying schedule as a domestic worker, she routinely defied odds to raise him and his two other siblings. He remembers how his mother waking up early to get the kids ready for school and prepare for her own two-hour commute to the home where she worked as a nanny. She would return from work around 4pm to make dinner and then walk again to the bus stop to commute to her second job, arriving back home around 10pm. She always tells him that if she was able to do what she did with all these barriers, he and his siblings can achieve much more.
Hamilton graduated Robert E. Lee High school in the top 10% of his class and went on to earn his BS in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science at the University of Houston Downtown as a recipient of both the Cain Scholarship and the Shell Scholarship. He is a proud member of Center of Life/ Centro de Vida Baptist Church where he serves as interpreter during services, and enjoys tutoring youth in math in science in his free time.