Immigrant Youth Leaders Speak on the Stakes for their Movement in the Nov. 3 Election
Over the last decade, undocumented young people built a civil rights movement from scattered protests into a nationwide network of activists who won DACA in 2012 and have fought back against the Trump administration’s efforts to cancel the program and speed deportations of immigrant youth. Two leaders of United We Dream, the largest youth organization, with more than 400,000 members nationwide, will discuss how the movement has evolved and the prospects for Congress to pass a Dream Act with a path to citizenship for undocumented youth. They will talk about their organizing efforts for the November elections and what lies ahead for young immigrants depending on the outcome of the vote.
Jiménez was a co-founder and member of the founding board of directors in 2008 of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the United States. She served as chair of the UWD board from 2009 to 2011, and as UWD's first executive director from 2011 to 2020. In August she turned over the leadership position, and is now senior advisor. She is a 2017 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She was born in Ecuador and grew up in New York City.
Greisa Martínez Rosas
Martínez Rosas has been executive director of United We Dream (UWD) since August 2020. In eight years at UWD, she had been civic engagement field manager, national field coordinator, advocacy and policy director and deputy executive director. She was born in Hidalgo, Mexico and grew up in Dallas, Texas. Her UWD biography states, “As a queer, undocumented woman of color who grew up in a working class family, she is the embodiment of the intersectional movement we need in order to win dignity and freedom for our people.”
Julia Preston is a contributing writer covering immigration at the Marshall Project, a non-profit journalism organization focusing on the justice system. Prior to the Marshall Project, Preston worked for 21 years at The New York Times, where she was the national correspondent covering immigration from April 2006 until her retirement in December 2016. Among other assignments, she was a Times correspondent in Mexico from September 1995 to December 2001. Preston was a member of The New York Times staff that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on international affairs for its series that profiled the corrosive effects of drug corruption in Mexico.
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