La Mesa Sunrise
United States of America

Perla Padilla is a Rotary Peace Fellow (Honduras/United states) and an advocate for the welfare of refugees and people seeking asylum. Her professional experience consists of research coordination, case management, program evaluation, consultancy and project development. She has worked in four countries: The United States, Mexico, Colombia and Australia. Currently she leads the Queensland chapter of Refugees Welcome Australia, a grassroots organisation that provides community-based housing responses to people seeking asylum and experiencing homelessness. As a practitioner, she designs and implements community participation and dialogue initiatives to promote awareness and understanding on topics such as forced immigration and racial, ethnic, religious and cultural differences.