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Edith Avila Olea is justice and peace associate director for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet. Each year, she supports more than a dozen parishes and campuses in conducting Offerings of Letters, delivering more than 5,400 letters to their members of Congress last year. Avila Olea previously worked for Catholic Charities in Joliet. She is a recipient of the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award for her work fighting poverty and injustice in the United States through community-based solutions. Avila Olea holds a master's degree in public policy from DePaul University in Chicago and a bachelor's degree in organizational communication from Shorter University in Georgia. Roman Catholic. Joliet, Illinois.
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