Oscar Chacón

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Alianza Americas

Oscar A. Chacón is a frequent national and international spokesperson on transnationalism, economic justice, the link between migration and development, migrant’s integration processes, human mobility, migration policies, racism and xenophobia; and U.S. Latino community issues. Chacón is the co‐founder and executive director of Alianza Americas (formerly known as National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities, ­NALACC), an umbrella of immigrant‐led and immigrant serving organizations based in the U.S., dedicated to improving the quality of life of Latino immigrant communities, as well as of peoples throughout the Americas.

Prior to his designation in 2007 in his current role, Chacón served in leadership positions at the Chicago‐based Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Boston‐based Centro Presente, and several other community based and international development organizations. Chacón has also served in multiple advisory committees to national and international processes including the Civil Society Consultation process associated to the Global Forum on Migration and Development and the World Social Forum on Migration. 

Podcast Guest Appearances

Driving Forces: How Climate Fuels Human Migration

Climate instability is an increasing driver of human migration. But no one identifies themselves  as a climate refugee.

“The Geneva Convention does not provide for persecution by climate change,” says Dina Ionesco, head of the Migration, Environment, and Climate Change Division at the U.N. Migration Agency. “It's something that talks to our spirits, to our hearts.  But you can’t have the status of a climate refugee today in our world.”