Get to know the Project Libertad team!
Rachel Rutter, Esq., Founder and Director
In addition to directing Project Libertad, Rachel is an immigration attorney at HIAS Pennsylvania, where she represents unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings. Rachel graduated from the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and Gettysburg College. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, worked for the ACLU in Puerto Rico, and has created programs for at-risk youth in the US and abroad.
Guilianna McGinniss, East Norriton Facilitator
Guilianna leads the East Norriton Middle School after school program. Guilianna is currently a student at Cabrini University, studying psychology and Spanish. At Cabrini, Guilianna is involved in the Honors Program and Spanish Club. When she’s not studying, she runs a lifestyle blog. Above all, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Gerardo Castillo Jimenez, Norristown Area High School Facilitator
Gerardo was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico. He moved to the United States in 2002, when he was 13. In 2012, he became eligible to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Gerardo received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lehigh Carbon Community College in 2013, and his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University in 2015. In addition to volunteering for PL, Gerardo works at HIAS PA as a Know Your Rights Specialist and a DOJ Accredited Representative.
Fredy, Student Leader
Fredy is one of Project Libertad's student leaders. Fredy is excited about helping immigrant children adjust to life in the US, because he went through that process himself when he moved to the US from Honduras. Fredy is a high school senior. When he is not studying or volunteering, Fredy likes to spend time with his family, play video games, spend time with friends, and learn new languages. Fredy speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English, and is currently learning Russian. Fredy created his own foundation, Helping for a Dream, to aid needy children in Honduras.
Wendy, Student Leader
Wendy is one of Project Libertad's student leaders. Wendy is happy to be able to help immigrant children in the US adjust to their new lives, and she understands their unique experience as an immigrant from Guatemala. Wendy wants to grow up to have a job where she can help children who have been mistreated or abused. In her free time, Wendy loves to spend time with her adoptive family, go to church, and knit gifts for her friends.