Meet our People's Power Award Honorees



Assemblywoman Annette Quijano


Assemblywoman Annette Quijano has represented the 20tth Legislative District since 2008 and has earned the reputation of a champion legislator, tackling the various issues people face in daily life. In 2019 she championed the passage of two critical issues for immigrant and working-class people: access to driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants and the strongest anti-wage theft laws in the country.

Assemblywoman Quijano is currently Majority Conference Leader and a member of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Consumer Affairs Committee, and the Education Committee. She is also a member of the New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus and the New Jersey Legislative Disability Caucus.

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Management from Rutgers University, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law in Newark. She was later admitted to the bars in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Later in her career, Quijano served as Assistant Governor’s Counsel for Governors Codey, McGreevey, and Corzine. She was selected to the Assembly in 2008 and served as Chairwoman of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee from 2011-2018.

During the 2018-2019 legislative session, Quijano served as Chairwoman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, where she oversaw not only the passage of landmark legislation such as her laws to allow all eligible New Jersey residents to get a driver’s license, and an overhaul of the state’s wage and hour laws to become the most powerful in the country but also the removal of the statute of limitations on sexual assault, in addition to advancing numerous bills to improve gun safety and advancing LGBTQIA+ rights.



The Crisis Counseling Program of the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP)


The mission of this Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) is to assist individuals and communities in recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through the provision of community-based outreach and psycho-educational services. The CCP supports short-term interventions that involve the counseling goals of assisting disaster survivors in understanding their current situation and reactions, mitigating stress, assisting survivors in reviewing their disaster recovery options, promoting the use or development of coping strategies, providing emotional support, and encouraging linkages with other individuals and agencies who may help survivors in their recovery process (recovering to their pre-disaster level of functioning).

The GSAPP Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program offers a variety of virtual, secure services to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic including community-based organizations.



#Fast4Relief Hunger Strikers


On Wednesday, April 7th, after more than a year without any COVID relief, a group of 34 immigrant essential workers, mainly women, from Make the Road New Jersey, launched a Fast for Relief. Their fast lasted 24 days and was the culmination of a year-long campaign to win COVID relief for excluded New Jerseyans. They demanded Gov. Murphy and the state legislature provide income replacement and COVID relief to the nearly half-million undocumented immigrants left behind from federal aid. As one faster said, “We are fasting for relief because we have been hungry for a year. Our labor has saved lives and we have paid billions into unemployment and in local and state and federal taxes. But we have been left behind. We fast for justice, respect, and for dignity.”

Their fight garnered significant support from labor, business, and faith leaders across New Jersey and national Latinx leaders such as Dolores Huerta and Julian Castro. After a 24 day fast, the group won a $40 million fund to provide payments to individuals left behind from COVID aid. The fund launched earlier this Fall. The Hunger Strikers and the Recovery for All Coalition continue to fight for all people left behind from relief.

>> Join us in celebrating our Honorees on Thursday, November 18, 2021. <<