Meet our Team

Felipe Rodriguez Romero – Central NM Field Coordinador
Felipe was born and grew up next to the ocean in the beautiful port of Acapulco, Gro. He immigrated to the US along with his family in search for security and opportunities. Felipe is now an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Statistics. Felipe started organizing with the NM Dream Team and immediately fell in love with the work of the organization. He believes in the power of community organizing, intersectionality, and activism to win the fight for immigrant rights and social justice

 

Elizabeth Castrejon – Southern Field Coordinator
Elizabeth is a community coordinator born in El Paso TX and raised in Cd. Juarez Ch.
Elizabeth came back to the U.S. when she was thirteen years old and growing up in Mexico gave her the opportunity to embrace and appreciate her culture more. She graduated from New Mexico State University in December 2016, during her college experience she participated in many organizations whose focus is to help the community find the justice and the peace they are looking for. She wants to continue her work and wish to see a united community fighting against prejudice and racism.

 

Anai Hernandez – Northern Field Coordinator
Anai nació en Nogales, Arizona en el año 1996. Una parte de su niñez la paso en Nogales, Sonora México. Su padre es nacido en Guadalajara, Jalisco y su Madre es de Obregón, Sonora. Sus Padres inmigraron con toda la familia a Nuevo México en el año 2000 donde Anai tenía solamente tres años. Ella desde muy chica estuvo en el ámbito del comercio y turismo de artesanía mexicana y nueva mexicana. Donde aprendió a convivir y conversar con distintas personas. Gracias al ámbito donde ella creció fue entonces como empezó creando lo que hoy son sus creencias. Durante sus años escolares en Nuevo México ella ha sido parte de asociaciones que trabajan juntos para promover alta educación e igual para abogar por la igualdad de justicia en todas las comunidades. En el año 2015 Anai tuvo que dejar su familia para seguir su sueño de tener una educación. Por el momento ella está estudiando para bióloga que después la llevara a la escuela de medicina para ser pediatra.

 

Viviana Martinez – UNM Chapter Lead
Viviana was born and raised in Durango, Mexico. Her family and her immigrated to the United States in 2009. She is currently pursuing her double-degree in Biochemistry and Spanish, with the intention of attending medical school once she graduates from the University of New Mexico. Viviana has been working with the New Mexico Dream team since 2016 and she currently is the UNM Dream Team Chapter Lead. As an undocumented student she looks forward on helping and empowering students and families in the immigrant community.

 

Jason Fornelli Murguia – Rio Grande HS Chapter Lead
Jason es nacido en Cd.juárez , su familia y el migraron a los Estados Unidos en el 2010. La familia de Jason vino a los Estados Unidos para tener una mejor vida y mejor educación. Jason se ha propuesto la meta de lograr que los jóvenes apoyen proyectos comunitarios y de que entiendan que para lograr la victoria en la lucha contra la desigualdad, injusticias, y el racismo tenemos que apoyarnos y luchar juntos. Hoy en día, Jason sigue apoyando esta causa, apoyando y  brindando su ayuda para un mejor fin y un nuevo comienzo.

 

Savannah Coronel – Albuquerque HS Chapter Lead
Savannah is a junior at Albuquerque High School. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico along side 5 of her siblings. Savannah’s father, who is an immigrant, has always encouraged her to fight for worthy causes, never give up on her dreams , and to treat others with dignity and respect. Savannah is excited to begin advocating with the New Mexico Dream Team and organize the start up of an Albuquerque High School Dream Team.

Selene Vences-Ortiz – Education Equity Fellow
Selene immigrated to the United Staes in 1999 from Toluca, Mexico. She is currently a junior pursuing a BA in psychology at the University of New Mexico. She is interested in research and would like to pursue neuroscience in graduate school. Selene would like to work with undocumented college students in a community setting. She is passionate about the inclusion of undocumented students in graduation preparation programs, scholarships, and internships. She hopes to hopes to promote the inclusion and protection of undocumented students in higher education through the work done by the New Mexico Dream Team.

 

Josue de Luna Navarro – UnocuResearch Coordinador
Josue was born in Torreon Coahuila, Mexico and immigrated when he was 9 years old to Santa Fe, NM. During High School, Josue began practicing and learning how to integrate anti-racism praxis into communities of color. De Luna began organizing with the UNM Dream Team in 2014 and held roles such as coordinating the Dream Educational Empowerment Program statewide. He now coordinates the UndocuResearch for the NMDT. Josue studies chemical/biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico and plans to attend the School of Medicine. Josue enjoy salsa and cumbia dancing to decolonize how we see physical activity and have fun. He holds value in the words of Paulo Freire when he says ” Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future”.

Yazmin Irazoqui-Ruiz – Central NM Field Coordinador
Yazmin was born in Los Mochis Sinaloa. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 3 with her mother and twin sister. Yazmin received a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in May of 2015 and matriculated into the UNM School of Medicine Class of 2019 in July of 2015. Yazmin aspires to provide healthcare services to underserved, Spanish speaking communities in the state of New Mexico. Yazmin has done worked with the New Mexico Dream Team leading the UndocuResearch Project from its beginnings in 2015. As an undocumented student, she is excited to resume organizing with the NMDT while on leave of absence from school.

Manuel de la Rosa – CNM Chapter Lead
Manuel is new member to the NM Dream Team born in Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico with many family members still living In Mexico. Manuel is a current graduate of Central New Mexico Community College and is applying to the University of New Mexico Nursing school and eventually going for his Masters in Nurse Partitioning. He looks forward to also participate in the community by helping other students like himself with DACA to empower them and their immigrant families

Hector Aveldano- NM Dreamers In Action Lead Organizer
Hector Aveldano is the co-funder and lead organizer for New Mexico Dreamers in Action. He is originally from Monterrey Mexico but has spent most of his life in northern New Mexico where he graduated from Espanola Valley High School and Northern New Mexico College.

Hector has been organizing since the founding of NMDIA in 2011 and, served in the National Leadership Committee for United We Dream for over two years and has been serving in the board for Hoy Recovery for over three years.
Hector has actively worked along other organizations locally and at state level to advocate for immigrants rights in the state and nationally for over six years and is committed to continue fighting now more than ever with our current political climate that’s is especially uncertain to our immigrant community.

Nora Hernandez: Deportation Defense Coordinator
Nora Hernandez was born in Chihuahua, México and immigrated on a visa with her family to the USA when she was 12. After September 11th, Nora’s family’s request to renew their visa was declined, yet her family remained in the US where they had built a life. In 2007, Nora’s father was deported, which prompted her to begin community organizing in Albuquerque, NM around the issues of domestic violence and deportation defense. After the 2016 presidential elections, shortly after her first born son was born, Nora decided to return to organizing with the New Mexico Dream Team as the state’s deportation defense coordinator.

 

Michelle Murguia – Deportation Defense
Michelle inicio como coordinadora de la escuela preparatoria Rio Grande, nacida en CD. Juárez Chihuahua y traída al estado de New México a los 10 años. Michelle empezó a organizar desde el 2015 y continúa enfocando su conocimiento y fuerza para poder impulsarjóvenes en distintas escuelas, padres, maestros,etc. Ella esta aquí para luchar contra toda injusticia y discriminación hacia nuestra comunidad y quiere lograr construir una fuerza y uniónmás grande.

 

Uriel Martinez – Digital/Comms
Uriel Martinez, originally from Ciudad Juarez, is a freelance Graphic Designer in Albuquerque  NM. Uriel actively supports and works with organizations that promote civil rights and social justice in the community. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, photography and spending time with family and friends. He looks forward to continue to empower communities by facilitating trainings and by organizing the community.