Humanitarian Relief, Advocacy, Education

Our mission


​ACJA is committed to building and strengthening a wide culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity issues affecting our communities of color. And its uniquely global and diverse members, staff, administration, and communities—toward a more inclusive future. ACJA will immediately expel any member who discriminates for race, different abilities, age, color, sex LGBTQ communities, or religion.

The Atlantic Climate Justice Alliance (ACJA) is a non-governmental collective of rural and urban community-based organizations focused on education and advocacy of underrepresented communities, race and ethnicity, economic development, and poverty alleviation — all with the wider aim of addressing climate change. Founded in 2017 as the New Jersey Coalition for Climate Justice, in June 2020 it became the Atlantic Climate Justice Alliance. ACJA is rooted in the environmental justice movement in that it centers efforts around educating, humanitarian relief, and advocacy against the disproportionate harm of climate change on marginalized communities.

The stated goal of ACJA is to create “[apply] the power of deep grassroots organizing to win local, regional, statewide, national and international shifts” regarding climate change and unjust exposure of marginalized communities to its damaging effects.


Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

The Atlantic Climate Justice Alliance is a Certified organization that in collaboration with AmeriCorps recognizes individuals who selflessly give their time to advocate for environmental/ climate Justice and the hours put into ACJA. The USA President’s Volunteer Service Award is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States. Established by executive order by George W. Bush, the award was established to honor volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping others through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The award can be granted to individuals, families and organizations located throughout the United States. Depending on the amount of service hours completed, individuals can receive the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and/or the President’s Call to Service Award (also referred to the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award).

The Call to Service Award is the most prestigious, and it has been awarded to few Americans to recognize over 4,000 hours of extraordinary service including notable honorees such as S. Truett Cathy, Mark Carman, and Zach Bonner. Awardees may receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion, and/or a congratulatory letter from the President depending on the award earned.


In November 2021 the Atlantic Climate Justice Alliance Advocacy Training Curriculum and Manual obtained copyrights from the Library of Congress. Our Training has 5 units and each unit has 3 lesson plans for a 15 hours training. If you are interested our training and obtain a certificate of Completion please contact us.

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“ACJA is very personal to me. I wanted for so long to alleviate conditions of communities of color impacted by climate change in many states, including PuertoRico.”

Maria Santiago Valentin,
Founding President, Trustee, (New Jersey Affairs Director)

Access to our previous website that ACJA keeps to document its history, and growth: msant860.wixsite.com/acja

“Every thing you see, it was Somebody’s Dream that became True so keep the good work. KEEP DREAMING !”

Deanee Rios Gómez- Chief Executive Director,
co-Founder, Trustee (Puerto Rico, New York Affairs)


Get in Touch

deaneer@hotmail.com, msant860@aol.con
Deanee Rios 646-643-3404, Maria Santiago 732-912-6376
Somerset, NJ 08873

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