Juana Matias is a product of the American dream.
An immigrant, graduate of local public schools, social worker, lawyer and one of the first Latina State Representatives elected in Massachusetts. She’s running for Congress because the American dream is under attack for the hard-working families in our communities. They need a representative who knows firsthand what they are going through. Should she win, Juana would be the first Latina member of Congress not just from Massachusetts, but from all of New England.
Juana immigrated to the United States at the age of five and was raised in Haverhill. Her father spent more than 17 years at Polartec in Lawrence as a machine operator, and her mother worked for Central Metal Finishing as a precision finisher. Juana got her first job as a papergirl for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune when she was 11. Her family worked hard, played by the rules, and were able to achieve their dream of sending Juana to college.
Through scholarships, loans, and part-time jobs, Juana paid her way through college and law school. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 2014.
Her family’s hard work and perseverance inspired Juana to commit to community service. She’s served as a social worker to families and children in Lawrence, Lowell, and Haverhill, and as a Justice Americorps Legal Advocate. She shocked the political establishment in 2016 by upsetting a career politician to become one of the first Latinas ever elected to the Massachusetts Statehouse.
Juana will fight to help every child get access to a great education because she wouldn’t be here without Haverhill’s public schools. She sees the fight to protect Dreamers and immigrant rights as personal. She is a strong advocate for universal health care for all Americans, and she is committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and to preserving Social Security and Medicare. She will fight against the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back gun safety laws, environmental protections, and the safety net of our most vulnerable citizens.