The UndocuHealing Project is offering a 9-month fellowship program for immigrant rights organizers, activists and advocates. The overall purpose of the program is to imbed traditional and holistic healing practices into the fabric of advocacy work by investing in the healing & development of a cohort of leaders over the course of a year. Our hope is that this type of enrichment will fortify our increasingly intersectional movements as well as provide new paths to sustainable organizing for our grassroots advocates.
We are excited to bring together a small cohort of advocates from immigrant & undocumented backgrounds to build this vision. This program is designed for individuals who are engaged with immigrant communities through a grassroots organization within California. This program is flexible and is intended for individuals who have a full time job.
Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs
Mayra Yoana Jaimes Pena is a native of Guerrero Mexico, at the age of 3 she immigrated to East Los Angeles, CA with her father. As Mayra Yoana came into her adulthood in the US, her parents experience as undocumented immigrants and her own immigration status proved to be hard learning lessons in injustice and inequality. In 2006 the Sensenbrenner Act (HR4437) inspired her political commitment to social justice, Mayra Yoana continued her education and political organizing at Pasadena City College and Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her B.A in History. She currently resides in Oakland, CA and works at the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs where she is the Program Coordinator for the DreamSF Fellowship. On her off time she likes to go on hikes, read, dance, and laugh.
California Immigrant Policy Center
Stacy is a community organizer focusing on immigration, criminalization, race, and gender. She currently works at the California Immigrant Policy Center as the Bay Area Organizer, where she helps build local and statewide campaigns to get local law enforcement out of deportations. She is also a founding member of Survived and Punished, a group organizing against the criminalization of gender violence survivors, and a member of the queer/trans workgroup (QYUL) within Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse.
Movement Strategy Center
Alicia is a community organizer & entrepreneur based in Fresno, CA. Originally from Sanger, Alicia’s experiences as a first-generation, working class Xicana have been her motivation to serve communities of color fighting for liberation in the Central Valley. In her day job as a Senior Associate at Movement Strategy Center, Alicia is part of a strategy to build youth and young adult organizing and electoral power across California. She is also a co-founder of Fres.Co, a POC/Queer-centered community arts and cultural space in downtown Fresno. Alicia received her B.A. in Public Health from UC Berkeley and her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Chinese Progressive Association
lauren is a queer Asian American womxn of color from a low-income single parent household. After receiving her B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies from UC Berkeley, she supported incarcerated/formerly incarcerated, and homeless folks through prisoner rights work and direct services in San Francisco and East Bay organizations. In 2014, she participated in the Seeding Change Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement, where she learned about community organizing in immigrant communities and worked with the young people at the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco Chinatown where she currently works. She recently graduated with a master’s in social work at UC Berkeley with a concentration on community mental health.
RYSE Youth Center
Tania was raised and continues to live and work in the flats of Richmond and San Pablo. Her personal, familial, and community struggles inspired her to engage in community advocacy and organizing. She has been part of Urban Tilth, and the RYSE Center for the past eight years and participated in their youth leadership pipeline programs and is currently working with both organizations. Tania is currently a Community Health Coordinator at RYSE teaching cooking classes, gardening, facilitating food justice group, and hula hoop. At Urban Tilth her role has changed, and is currently managing a garden in North Richmond that host monthly garden events, and weekly garden maintenance.
Transgender Law Center
Ola is a trans masculine person of Edo and Yoruba descent, who grew up in the delta region of Nigeria and now resides in the US. Ola works for Transgender Law Center in Oakland, CA, and has been involved with Audre Lorde Project, Uhuru Wazobia (one of the first LGBT groups for African immigrants in New York City), Queers for Economic Justice and Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Ola is a National Organizer at the Transgender Law Center and a 2017 Soros Justice Fellow. As a writer, Ola was a 2015 Voices of Our Nation Arts Fellow, and has writings featured in Black Public Media, Black Girl Dangerous, Black Looks, Autostraddle, Trans Atlantic Times, Trans Queers: A Transfags Sex Journal, Queer African Reader, Qzine - a bilingual quarterly magazine for and by Queer Africans, and anthologies including Yellow Medicine Review and Queer Africa II
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Eniola Abioye is a second-generation Nigerian womxn, born and raised in Oakland, CA. She works to dismantle hetero and homonormativity, racism and sexism in her communities through direct action and navigating the world as her authentic self. Eniola has been a leader in movements toward Black liberation and works alongside Bay Area community organizers in this fight. She serves as the Director of Field Operations with the Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC), organizing Black college students throughout California and as an organizer with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), advocating for Black immigrant groups and combatting mass criminalization of Black people throughout the world. Eniola continues to uplift and recognize Black queer women as leaders and healers in this movement and spreads awareness of the fight we must continue for our trans family.
Mission Neighborhood Health Center
Mayra Janet García is a 23 year old Xicana-Feminista, who was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Having grown up as the daughter of undocumented parents who migrated from Jalisco, México, Mayra witnessed the challenges her parents faced as low-income, undocumented individuals when they attempted to navigate and access health care and services. As a result of this, Mayra grew passionate about serving marginalized communities and bridging health disparities especially among undocumented youth of color and their families. In 2016, Mayra graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and a minor in Public Policy. Currently, Mayra is a Youth Services Health Educator and Youth Program Coordinator for a community clinic in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Valeska is a queer Xicana immigrant who came here under asylum as a child, single mother, and a first-generation underrepresented transfer college student. Valeska received her B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in race, class, gender and immigration policy, and was a CAA Leadership Award scholar. Valeska experienced the impact not just financially but personally that CAA has within our Berkeley community.
While at Cal, Valeska organized A Trail for Humanity, which raised awareness regarding the violence occurring alongside the U.S. and Mexico border for undocumented migrants. As the founder of the movement, the Trail involved organizing community members and collaborating with more than 180 immigration human rights organizations to walk for 26 days and over 350 miles from Merced, California to the U.S.–Mexico border.