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Board of Directors

JACOB M. MONTY – Director

Heritage: immigrant grandfather

Jacob M. MontyFor over two decades, Jacob M. Monty has successfully practiced at the intersection of immigration, labor, and employment laws. A nationally recognized authority on issues facing employers with large Hispanic workforces, Jacob has literally written the book on the topic and speaks regularly in English and Spanish on navigating labor and employment matters in industries with heightened immigration scrutiny. His clients include professional baseball teams, grocery store chains, single establishment and chain restaurants, and leading companies in the construction and facility maintenance fields.

Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law, Jacob founded Monty & Ramirez LLP to offer an integrated approach to dealing with Hispanic workforces. He and his bilingual partners address all the critical aspects of employer advocacy, from business and family immigration to union matters, workplace safety, and employment disputes. Jacob’s practice extends nationwide; he has represented employers in courts and government investigations in California, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and throughout Texas.

Jacob is also active in civic and professional leadership. He serves as Outside Counsel for the Mexican Consulate in Houston on employment matters, chairs the Latino-Jewish Alliance, and has been a Board Member of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association. Jacob has also held presidential and gubernatorial appointments to the North American Development Bank, the University of Houston Board of Regents, the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, and the Texas Private Security Board.

Work Accomplishments

  • For over a decade, has advised the New York Yankees on labor and employment matters regarding the retention of key talent
  • Represented companies in two of the three largest ICE raids in U.S. history
  • Represented a Mexico City-based grocery store chain during a two-year corporate campaign against the company
  • Helped high-profile companies remain in compliance with NLRA during aggressive campaigns by various unions in California, Illinois and Texas


  • Board Certified — Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specializations



  • University of Houston Board of Regents, 2008-2013 (Appointed by Governor Perry)
  • Board of Directors for the Texas Mutual Insurance Company, 2005-2011 (Appointed by Governor Perry)
  • Board of Directors of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and North American Development Bank (NADB), 2005 (Appointed by President Bush)
  • Texas Private Security Board, 2004-2005 (Appointed by Governor Perry)
  • Texas Private Security Board, 1999-2004 (Appointed by then Governor Bush)

Professional Activities

  • Outside Counsel, Mexican Consulate in Houston on labor and employment issues
  • Chairman, Latino-Jewish Alliance
  • Former Board Member, Greater Houston Restaurant Association
  • Board Member, Hispanic Alliance for Progress
  • Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service (BCIS) Roundtable of the District Director of the Houston office
  • Building Service Contractors Association International
  • American Bar Association and State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • American Law Institute


  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1993
  • University of Texas at Arlington, B.A., 1991

Speaking and Training Engagements (Presented in English and Spanish)

  • 30 Years of I-9 Compliance
  • Immigration Compliance for Employers
  • Hispanics in the Workforce: Management’s New Awareness
  • The Do’s and Don’ts During a Union Election Campaign
  • Avoiding Wrongful Discharge Claims
  • Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Sexual Harassment in the Latino Workforce

Awards and Recognitions

  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2008-2015
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2006-2009
  • AV Preeminent Rated: Martindale-Hubbell


  • English
  • Spanish

Admitted to Practice

  • State Courts of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas

SARAH D. MONTY – Director

Heritage: immigrant grandfather

Sarah D. MontySarah D. Monty is a partner and leader of the immigration practice group at Monty & Ramirez LLP. She counsels employers in all aspects of employment-based immigration including non-immigrant and immigrant visas, permanent residency, citizenship, policy development and compliance with the ever-increasing regulations applicable to both U.S. employers and the foreign nationals whom they employ.

She received her law degree from Texas Southern University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Sarah Monty worked for several years as a bilingual educator and received bilingual and ESL endorsement.


Heritage: immigrant mother

Daniel N. RamirezDaniel N. Ramirez is a partner at Monty & Ramirez LLP and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His legal practice focuses on employment, labor and immigration compliance matters.

Mr. Ramirez has been recognized as a Texas Rising Star in Employment and Labor Law by Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Mr. Ramirez is the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston. He also serves as a Commissioner for the Harris County Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission, a position appointed by Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Mr. Ramirez also the recipient of U.S. Naval Reserves Meritorious Medals, 1996, 1999.

TONY DIAZ – Director

Heritage: immigrant parents

Tony DiazTony Diaz is a novelist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University Houston. He is the founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, which oversees several successful approaches to the Latino experience in the U.S. He is a professor of English and Mexican American Literature at the Houston Community College.

Selection Committee

ANA M. ESCALONA – Chairperson for the Selection Committee for Grant Recipients

Ana M. EscalonaAna Escalona was elected to the position of Chairperson of the Selection Committee. Originally from Mexico, Ms. Escalona is an independent international development and non-profit consultant with experience in microfinance, education and immigration.

She currently works with PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) in Houston teaching groups of Spanish-speaking parents of low-income children about the public school system and the steps their children need to follow in order to graduate from high school and attend college. She is also treasurer of Proyecto Dignidad, a non-profit organization that assists migrant shelters along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Previously, she was Chief Finance and Administration Officer for Pro Mujer, an international micro finance non-profit organization in New York. Before that she worked for several years for Goldman Sachs in New York and in Mexico in the Asset Management and Equities Divisions.

She holds a Master of Science in Finance from Boston College, Carroll Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.

PATRICIA HERNANDEZ DE HUNT, PHR, CIR – Selection Committee Member

Patricia HernandezPatricia Hernandez is a Bilingual Human Resource Professional with over 10 years experience in Domestic and International environments. She is highly experienced in employee development, succession planning and training/ development initiatives seeking to align corporate objectives. Patricia is currently employed by Progreso, LLC (LA MICHOACANA MEAT MARKET) where she is the Planning and Talent Acquisition Manager. She holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University, in Philadelphia, Pa. She also holds a Masters in Strategic Management from the University of Barcelona, Spain. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts from ITESM – CCM in Mexico City.

Protectors of the Dream feels very fortunate to have had Patricia’s participation in the Selection Committee for the first generation of Dreamers.

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Dreamers Pledge

  • I pledge to live in the light because I will soon be able to live out of the shadows, in the United States of America, the country which I have adopted as my own.
  • I will strive to reach my maximum potential for I know that in me are deposited the hopes and dreams of my family and my community.
  • I understand that I will be held to a higher standard of behavior than others and I vow to carry out my personal life always exhibiting only exemplary comportment in my daily life.
  • I will only seek out the company of those who also walk in the light.
  • I will remain engaged to the plight of those who are forced to live in the shadows so that one day they too may walk out of the shadows.

Thank You For Protecting The Dream:

These are the protectors of the dream