Mónica is a civil rights lawyer, an advocate, and a government executive who has devoted her career to public service in the District and is now a candidate for Washington DC City Council At-large 2020.

She has lived in DC for thirty years and believes in a vision for our city that supports economic progress and at the same time honors our values as a city: Respect, Inclusion, Equity, and Accountability to all our residents.

As Director of the Office of Human Rights, the District’s civil rights enforcement agency, Mónica led a team that investigated thousands of civil rights investigations. She also built partnerships with housing advocates, local businesses, law enforcement, and hundreds of District programs in order to get services to residents.

Mónica is a proud Latina and social entrepreneur. She is a mother, a community leader, a survivor, and a bridge-builder. Raised most of her life by a single mother she knows how hard it can be to make ends meet when you have a family and need to pay for child-care, groceries, and a safe place to live.

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I'm supporting Monica Palacio for DC Council because she is a fierce advocate, mentor, and one of the best cheerleaders I’ve ever had.


Monica is a leader who is dedicated to helping people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or status.


She will ensure that your voice is heard and will make sure that residents know that

they deserve a seat at the table. 

- Susan Caleb

—  Susan Caleb

Mónica knows how to fight for ALL DC

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