MataHari: Eye of the Day works with a select team of community members and professional consultants from a variety of fields who are uniquely equipped to assist community members negotiate a path through complex governmental systems and social networks. Our community members are immigrants and people of color from all over the world as well as persons from the US who are trafficked and exploited domestically. Our staff and consultants have origins in countries and cultures throughout Africa; Asia; Europe; South America; Latin America; and North America.
Monique Nguyen – Executive Director/Lead Organizer
In addition to handling the everyday operations of MataHari the core of her work is also organizing for rights and dignity for domestic workers — one of the last few labor forces unprotected by US labor laws and largely the world. Monique is committed to expanding her reach in the community, growing as a leader, and working cross culturally to build a truly global social justice movement holding on to the belief that real social change begins with the transformation of individuals and committed to developing fellow women leaders. Her passion is rooted in her struggles as an immigrant/refugee and former undocumented student. In addition to her role at MataHari, others in the community know Monique for her involvement with Boston Progress Arts Collective and the Student Immigrant Movement. She is a daughter of Vietnam War refugees.
Norah Alaraifi – Advocacy Manager
The political has always been personal for Norah Alaraifi, who grew up in an immigrant family and experienced first hand the effects of society’s structural inequalities. The seeds of passion for social justice were planted during her early years and blossomed during her undergraduate career where she led the university’s chapter of Amnesty International and was involved in numerous grassroots advocacy campaigns. After completing a degree in International Studies at Wright State University, she worked as a coordinator for a state wide non-profit agency that advocated for eye care services for the medically indigent of Ohio. Norah was in close contact with organization members, community partners, and health care professionals and assured program delivery to organization clients. Afterward, Norah continued her education, by obtaining a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, with a focus on human rights and public interest law. During her law school tenure, she served as a campaigns intern at Amnesty International USA headquarters in NYC, as a law clerk for an immigration firm focused on refugee and asylee cases, and as a legal intern at two legal aid societies. At the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati, she advocated for survivors of domestic violence by guiding them through the legal process and assisting them in the development of individual safety plans. This particular experience ignited Norah’s passion for providing direct social services and her love of working with survivors.
Juliana Morris – Community Health Fellow
A great-grandaughter of Irish and Eastern European immigrants, Juliana grew up in the suburbs of New York City. She was inspired to join in the fight for immigrant rights after Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadoran immigrant living near her home town, was tragically murdered in a hate crime carried out by high schoolers around her same age. She moved to southern Mexico for a year to volunteered in migrant shelters and combat human rights abuses along the migrant trail. Back in the US, she worked as a medical interpreter and language access coordinator, advocating for increased access to interpreter services in the hospitals of Washington, DC. Since moving to Boston to begin medical school in 2010, she has been involved in local movements for the DREAM Act and hotel worker rights. As Community Health Organizer with MataHari, she combines her interests in health, social justice, and organizing to expose the impact of unfair domestic work conditions on health and well being of workers.
Marie Louidor – Community Organizer
Marie is a native of Haiti where she has worked for international non-profit organizations and in grass-roots advocacy all her life, fighting for child welfare, and economy recovery. She migrated in 2002 in the US where she is known for her relentless advocacy and support to the Haitian community. The fact that she lost millions of Haitian people, including her husband, to the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake boosted her energy. She used her multi-lingual skills (Haitian-Creole, French, English, Spanish) to help the survivors resettled in the Boston Haitian community. Marie is a proud member of the National Honor Society, a recipient of the Outstanding Field Representative Award by the SDA Northeastern Conference; a recipient of ABCD’s Head Start and Children’s Services Parent Award and a recipient of the Haitian Multi-Services’ Parent Award.Nominated by the Head Start Policy Council for her dedication and passion for the welfare of Boston’s children. Marie has two daughters and a grand-daughter who have been a continued source of inspiration for her activism. Marie received Business Management Degree from the National Institute of Public Administration, Management and International Studies in Haiti.
Allison Piszar – Administrative Assistant
Clotilde Fauroux – Project Coordinator
Dafne Momongan – Domestic Worker/Caregiver Organizer
As a long term member of MataHari and survivor of domestic violence, racial discrimination, and labor exploitation, Dafne is passionate about ending oppression and is committed to social justice work. She is currently working on the Caring Across Generations campaign and creating a Caregiver Directory to help match caregivers with high quality jobs and care receivers with dedicated and talented Caregivers. Dafne is a native of the Philippines and is fluent in English, Tagalog, and Cebuano. In addition to organizing caregivers through MataHari, she works as a caregiver and teaches Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) courses at Laboure Center in South Boston. She is a mother of 3 boisterous teenagers.
Francesca Contreras – Community Organizer
A half Mexican-American, half British daughter of a relentless journalist on the move, she was born in Mexico but bounced from there to Argentina, South Africa, Israel and finally Miami all within a couple of decades in true ping-pong ball style. As a student in Providence, she was co-founder and steering committee member of Brown Students for Justice in Palestine mobilizing the Brown community to divest its holdings from companies involved in the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Off-campus, she taught at the Paulo-Freire inspired ESOL school, English for Action, and worked as a computer tutor and immigrants rights organizer with Olneyville Neighborhood Association in Rhode Island.
Srav Puranam – An undergraduate student at MIT and has been working with MataHari since October 2010. Back in her hometown of San Jose, CA, she was actively involved in Domestic Violence and Hate Crime prevention programs. In 2006, she set up a program along with the City of San Jose to inspire young girls in rural India to continue with their education, despite the violence and anger they faced from their families. With a scholarship program, a penpal exchange between the girls and students in America, and a domestic violence awareness clinic, the program was able to help more than 200 girls get out of the cycle of poverty and is still currently expanding.
Additionally, Srav was a founding member of “Not in Our School,” a movement to end acceptance of hate crimes across school campuses and their communities across the country. She has much experience leading discussions about these types of issues to large audiences as well as interacting first hand with victims of hate crimes and domestic violence.
Nelsy Hoyos Rosas - Accounting Intern