Immigration and Women and Girls Campaign Coordinator

Paola Fuentes Gleghorn is the immigration and women and girls campaign coordinator at Sojourners. Paola is originally from Costa Rica but grew up in Nicaragua, where her family was missionaries working alongside local churches in the areas of pastoral training, youth leadership development, and addressing injustices in accessing medical care. She graduated from Calvin University with a degree in international development and a minor in business. Before coming to Sojourners, she worked in advocacy, church mobilization, and communications for the Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice. Paola is passionate about equipping and encouraging people of faith to pursue God’s heart for justice through advocacy and systemic change, and working alongside marginalized communities to remove the systemic barriers that keep individuals, communities, the church, and societies at large from flourishing and prevent us from being in just relationships with each other and creation.

In her free time, Paola enjoys riding her bike on park and mountain trails with her spouse Jeff, spoiling her cat Valentina, making and eating delicious food, and playing board games with friends.

Posts By This Author

Equal Respect, Equal Opportunity: Ginsburg's Legacy Inspires the Work Ahead

by Paola Fuentes Gleghorn 09-24-2020

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

I think one of the biggest impacts of Ginsburg’s life is that her arguments didn’t just change legal frameworks, they also helped change cultural frameworks. In my life, I’ve moved through multiple cultural frameworks where there were remnants of the idea that men were the strong providers and protectors of women, and women were the dependents and nurturing centers of home and family life. The saddest part for me is that some those frameworks resided in my faith communities. The Bible was used to support the idea that men and women were locked into God-ordained, sex-based roles. Those “roles” made me feel I could not, or should not, make use of some of the opportunities I had.

The Pattern of Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers Is Clear

by Paola Fuentes Gleghorn 09-18-2020

Detained immigrants play soccer behind a barbed wire fence at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga. Picture taken February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Reade Levinson

Forced sterilization of women is a form of abuse and an act of violence against the very image of God in these women in immigration detention. While these accounts are shocking and horrifying, they are unfortunately part of the larger pattern of abuse and neglect present in detention centers that immigrant people and immigration advocates have been denouncing for years.

10 Christian Women Shaping the Church in 2020

by Paola Fuentes Gleghorn 03-05-2020

The past four years, Sojourners has created an International Women’s Day roundup of women faith leaders who are bringing us hope and inspiring us to action. This year’s group includes pastors and environmentalists, writers and theologians, nurses and poets.