Justice Seeker of the Year Award:
Julio Acosta is a social justice advocate and community connector. Julio is an organizer for Faith in Texas, a multi-racial and multi-faith movement that develops civic leadership in faith communities. He is also the founder of the grassroots platforms DFW Leaders and the Global Leaders Initiative, which he designed to identify, connect, and support change makers around the region and the world. Julio is secretary for District 3 of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and supports numerous organizations including Force for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment, Latino Voter Empowerment Coalition, the North Texas Dream Team, and MoveOn.
Through the Dallas Peace & Justice Center, Julio traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2018 Spring Lobby Weekend hosted by the Friends Committee on National Legislation. There he learned best practices for lobbying which he put to use when lobbying his representatives on immigration issues.
Born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, Julio came to the United States at age 2 and has lived in the North Dallas/Carrollton area for over 30 years. Today, he is a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee of the City of Carrollton, and loves being able to support the community where he was raised.
His focus in life is helping social justice advocates and allies work together in the most strategic, effective, and efficient way possible and building power for #WeThePeople.