Cristina Tzintzún is the Executive Director of Workers Defense Project (WDP), a statewide, membership-based workers’ rights organization that is winning better working conditions for Texans. WDP has been called one of the nation’s most creative organizations for immigrant workers by The New York Times. Cristina has spearheaded efforts to ensure safe and dignified jobs for the nearly 900,000 construction workers that labor in the state. Her work has led to a federal investigation by OSHA into Texas’ deadly construction industry, the passage of a statewide wage theft law, and safer jobs for thousands of low-wage workers in Austin and Travis County.

Cristina has been named “Hero of the New South” by Southern Living Magazine and featured in NPR, The New York Times, USA Today, Univision, and MSNBC’s Up Late with Alec Baldwin. She has expertise on many issues including immigration, workers rights/organizing in the new economy (including worker centers), the political climate of the South, migrant workers’ rights, and Texas politics.

Cristina is the author of the book Presente! Latino Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice published by AK Press (2014); the research studies “Build a Better Texas: Construction Working Conditions in the Lone Star State” (University of Texas at Austin, 2013) and “Building Austin, Building Injustice: Working Conditions in Austin’s Construction Industry” (University of Texas at Austin, 2009); and has published essays in The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism (Greenwood Press, 2005) and Colonize This! Young Women of Color Speak on Today’s Feminism (Seal Press, 2002).

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