Ciro Gutierrez, 32BJ member and Hartford office cleaner, pictured with his wife Rosario Rojas.
Of the 600 workers in the government development bank where Ciro worked in Perú, only 100 were left. Five hundred had been laid off. He came here to find opportunities for his children and found them. His daughter attended Barnard College in New York City, while his son decided to go to Dartmouth and then graduated from medical school in Connecticut in 2011.
Ciro and his wife, Rosario, have become union activists over the years, most recently participating enthusiastically in the fight for commonsense immigration reform. He believes all people, all families and all children should have the opportunity to develop their full potential and offer the best of themselves for the benefit of our society and humanity as a whole.
“Citizenship is a way to integrate myself and my family into our community, to serve this country that has given us so much,” he says.