EDUCATION

New York University School of law - in progress - NEW YORK, NY 

  • JD 2019

 

The New school - in progress - NEW YORK, NY 

  • PhD in Politics 2020

 

New York University - 2013 - New York, NY                                                                                     

  • MA in Politics, GPA: 4.0

 

Arizona State University - 2008 - Tempe, AZ                                                                                   

  • BA in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude
  • BA in Spanish, Summa Cum Laude
  • Certificate of Latin American Studies

EXPERIENCE

 

Center for migration study - NEW YORK, NY                                                                       

Independent Consultant (April 2015–Present)     

Lead project for immigration think-tank to identify and disseminate best practices for immigrant integration throughout the U.S. 

  • Develop metrics to assess immigrant integration in organizations across diverse sectors. 
  • In collaboration with leading immigration experts from various fields, design and administer surveys to gauge the effectiveness of initiatives. 
  • Develop in-depth case studies of successful programs to promote as models for best practices.

 

New Sanctuary Coalition NYC - New York, NY                                                                       

Accompaniment Coordinator/Organizer (03/2013–Present)    

Coordinate legal services and advocacy for a small non-profit that supports families facing deportation first as a volunteer and now as staff. 

  • Recognized leader in the NYC immigration advocacy community around issues of alternatives to detention and predatory bond financing practices involving private industry use of GPS-enabled ankle monitors.  
  • Oversee 60 volunteers to accompany over 250 adults and children at immigration check-ins and hearings.
  • Coordinate weekly immigration legal workshops that have served 135 people in the last year.
  • Led legal trainings for over 70 immigration attorneys and advocates from 35 organizations around NYC.

 

New York University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies - New York, NY

Outreach Administrator (8/2013–10/2014)

Oversaw programming, communications, and educational outreach. 

  • Secured a $2M grant to maintain funding as a federally sanctioned Title VI National Resource Center. 
  • Curated and coordinated 100 conferences and seminars annually with a combined $75K budget.
  • Hired, trained, and supervised three employees.

 

North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) - New York, NY

Associate Editor (09/2012–9/2013)

As Associate Editor of progressive publication on the Americas, coordinated and posted all online content and blogs and across social media, including copy-editing, fact-checking, and managing deadlines for contributors. Edited NACLA’s immigration enforcement feature, Border Wars, as well as wrote articles and produced podcasts to communicate the importance of immigration issues to the public. In partnership with Global Voices, launched the Migrant Journeys series to chronicle the everyday struggles of immigrants and report on immigration policy developments affecting their lives. Formulated digital strategy and raised over $25,000 through crowd-funding to develop NACLA’s first-ever app available on mobile devices. Currently contribute with occasional editorial work and online content as Contributing Editor.

 

AARP International Affairs - New York, NY

Latin American Affairs Intern (5/2012–8/2012)

Collaborated on an advocacy campaign to ratify a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons, lobbying individual UN delegates and representing AARP at the UN. Conducted research and wrote policy analysis on demographics, pension reform, and labor institutions throughout Latin America.

 

Accion USA - New York, NY

Resource Development Intern (1/2012–6/2012)

In order to provide financial tools to individuals in marginalized, and often immigrant, communities, established and strengthened key relationships through grasstops organizing efforts. Researched and identified organizations and individuals for both alliance building and financial support. Drafted grant proposals and reports under strict deadlines with extensive use of Excel, Raisers Edge, and FUND EZ.

 

Arizona-Mexico Commission - Phoenix, AZ                                                  

International Relations Intern (9/2010–6/2011)

Wrote policy briefings for the Latin America and Mexico Policy Advisor to the Governor of Arizona. Performed marketing research and budgeting. Organized plenary session bringing together over 500 international policy-makers, government officials, and academics to design transborder policy implementation; personally coordinated a record-breaking fund raising effort for the event.

 

No More Deaths (2004–2011) - Phoenix, AZ    

 ASU/Tempe No More Deaths Founder and President (2005–2007)

Established an Arizona State University/Tempe chapter of No More Deaths, maintained online list serve, acted as liaison between all No More Deaths chapters and ASU/Tempe, secured funding, and facilitated meetings. In order to expand the diversity of our membership, forged alliances with student organizations and the School of Social Work to organize campaigns to pass the Dream Act and against anti-immigrant legislation.                                                                         

No More Deaths Volunteer (2004–2011)

Worked with humanitarian coalition for border justice aiming to reduce the deaths of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. Organized with a broad base of immigrant advocacy organizations working toward federal, state, and local immigration reform. Lobbied key members of the state legislature and represented No More Deaths at education sessions and public forums.           


ACTIVITIES

The Love Me Nots - Phoenix, AZ

Bass Player, Backing Vocals (2007–2011)        

Wrote, arranged, produced, recorded, and performed music worldwide under a label in Paris, France. Featured in Rolling Stone (France), Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Spin Magazine.

 

The Dames - Phoenix, AZ                                                                                                                     

Lead Singer, Composer, Bass Player  (2002–2011)       

Wrote, arranged, produced, recorded, and performed music throughout the United States. Won 2005 Album of the Year-Phoenix Ska Punk Awards, 2005 Best Female Band-Arizona Independent Music Awards.


PUBLICATIONS

  • “No Alternative: Ankle Monitors Expand the Reach of Immigration Detention,” with Cinthya Santos Briones. nacla.org, 06 January 2015.
  • “Guilty by Definition.” NACLA: Report on the Americas. 46, no. 3 (Fall 2013): 73–74.
  • “Protests in Brazil Reflect Ongoing Disparities.” nacla.org, 25 June 2013.
  • “Aid-for-Policy Deals: The Logic of U.S. Military Aid to Colombia.” Journal of Political Inquiry (Spring 2013): 8–21.
  • “The Pope’s History Reflects the Church’s Past.” nacla.org, 20 March 2013.
  • “Liberation Theology, the CIA, and the Vatican: A New Direction for Latin America?” nacla.org, 14 March 2013.
  • “Video Advocacy and Forced Evictions in Brazil: An Interview With Tiago Donato.” NACLA: Report on the Americas. 45, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 28-30.

PODCASTS

  • “Songs on the Borderlands: An Interview With Robert Neustadt.” NACLA Radio (12 May 2014).
  • “El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.” NACLA Radio (11 Sept 2013) Co-producer: Alexandra Hall.
  • “NACLA-Global Voices Podcast: Migrant Journeys” NACLA Radio (8 August 2013).
  • “NACLA Radio Podcast #4.” NACLA Radio (25 Feb 2013) Co-producers: Lainie Cassel, JoJo Farrel, Michael Fox, and Alexandra Hall.
  • “NACLA Radio Podcast #3.” NACLA Radio (10 Sept 2012) Co-Producers: JoJo Farrel, Michael Fox, and Alexandra Hall.

SKILLS

  • Languages: Spanish and Portuguese
  • Computer: html, css, InDesign, DreamWeaver, PhotoShop, Drupal Platform, WordPress, SquareSpace, FileMaker Pro

 

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