Mónica Novoa

Director of Communications

New York, NY

As JLUSA’s Director of Communications, Mónica Novoa works to amplify JLUSA’s mission, campaigns, and the stories and leadership of people directly impacted by the criminal legal system. A seasoned communication professional, Mónica approaches communications through human rights, racial justice and public health perspectives.Prior to joining JLUSA, Mónica was Communications Director at the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) amplifying successful public education efforts for nail salon, construction, and private sanitation worker safety. Previously, Mónica was Campaign and Communications Strategist at Families for Freedom (FFF) a Black-led human rights organization supporting formerly incarcerated people in their plight to get out of immigration detention and prevent deportation. Before FFF, Mónica was at Race Forward, a national racial justice organization where she served as Coordinator of the groundbreaking Drop the I-Word public education campaign, which influenced the Associated Press Stylebook and more than 25 media outlets to drop dehumanizing terms to refer to immigrants, stemming from the racist slur “illegals.”