Dulce Dominguez is originally from Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico and immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of 2 years old. Dulce is now a DACA recipient and has worked in the Lake County Community as an advocate for immigrant families since her senior year in high school. Throughout her work in Lake County, Dulce has been a part of community efforts that advance the protections of immigrant families. In 2017, she helped lead efforts to pass the Safe Haven Resolution at Waukegan Public Schools, affirming the district’s commitment to secure the information and safety of students and their families. In 2019, she advocated for and helped create the Lake County Complete Count committee to ensure everyone in Lake County is included and counted. She is a co-founder for a grassroots initiative in Northern Illinois known as the Center for Immigrant Progress, working to engage Latino and Immigrant Youth to gain leadership skills and advocate for immigrant rights.
Dulce obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Dulce was Vice President of the Northeastern Illinois University Social Work Association, where she led and planned activities for leadership development of social work students. As an undergraduate intern Dulce worked at Nicasa Behavioral Health Services providing bilingual substance abuse counseling to Latinos in the area. Dulce previously worked at Erikson Institute providing administrative support for the Early Childhood Leadership Academy and Early Development Instrument programs. Most recently, Dulce worked at Mano a Mano Family Resource Center as the Community Engagement Manager leading the organization’s outreach strategy. Dulce is now the Development and Communications coordinator at Alianza Americas, a Chicago-based organization advocating transnationally for immigrant justice. She first joined Alianza Americas in 2018 as part of her graduate internship in policy and research, where she spearheaded two research projects on the health and safety of outdoor immigrant workers. Dulce is passionate about immigrant justice and building leadership among immigrant youth in Lake County.