Inland Empire – Immigrant Youth Collective’s Consultant
has and taken direct action against anti-immigrant policies and deportations throughout the country and is a co-founder of the Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Collective. Javier was one of many organizers who staged sit-ins, blocked traffic, and has confronted anti-immigrant legislators. In June 2012, Javier did a sit-in and six-day hunger strike at the Organizing for America office in Denver to bring awareness of the record-setting number of deportations in President Obama’s first term. Currently, Javier is the Director of the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, a regional coalition that advances immigrant justice in the Inland Empire.
Inland Empire – Immigrant Youth Collective’s Secretary
is first generation to immigrant parents who came to the United States in 1980 from Jalisco, Mexico. The journey has been far from easy. Witnessing the struggle and unjust treatment her parents and husband endure while trying to make a better life for themselves is what motivated Elizabeth to join Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective and to become active in the immigrant community. Her passion to support the undocumented community allowed her to leap right into the organization without reservation and now serves on the board. Elizabeth is currently pursuing her B.S. in Sociology at National University. Her future plans are to lead and inspire the immigrant community in continuing to achieve the dream they had when coming to the U.S.
Inland Empire – Immigrant Youth Collective’s Chair
is undocumented and a first generation transfer student at University of California, Riverside majoring in Chicana/o Studies. She has lived in Riverside for almost 15 years. Saira has been part of the Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Collective (IE-IYC) for more than three years and now serves as a Board member. Because of her involvement in the immigrant community, Saira has been awarded for the past two years to attend Dream Summer. Dream Summer is a national fellowship where participants engage in social justice movement work and movement building addressing intersections of immigrant right issues. Through Dream Summer, Saira became aware of the disparities the immigrant community faces when it come to an adequate access of health services in California. Saira hopes to continue her community involvement for the immigrant community of the Inland Empire.
Inland Empire -Immigrant Youth Collective’s Co-Chair
was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico from which he immigrated to the United States at the age of 9 years old. A proud product of the Inland Empire, Luis went onto graduate with a B.A. in Psychology from Cal State San Bernardino in 2011. He joined the IE-IYC in January of 2012 and has continued to be a member for close to 5 years. He currently serves as the Co-Chair to the organization, which he provides support to the Chair and Staff. Luis’ motivation for this work comes from dealing with the vast number of injustices throughout the Inland Empire but also through personal experience as a queer undocumented person of color. Luis is very passionate about Immigrant Rights and Criminal Justice issues, which he advocates for through his job as a Community Engagement and Policy Advocate with the ACLU of Southern California. In his free time, Luis enjoys shopping at record stores, spending time in coffee shops, running and playing video games.
Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective’s Treasurer
is a queer, undocumented and first generation college student. He immigrated into the United States at the age of 8 with his parents from Jalisco, Mexico. He graduated from the California State University, Los Angeles in 2016 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Luis has been part of the Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Collective since 2012 and currently serves as the treasurer of the organization. He founded the Active Community Health Program that aims to provide communities of low income with education on physical, mental, social, environmental and spiritual health. His goal is to provide individuals with the tools to reach an optimal state of wellness to prevent that health disparities that are predominant in communities of color. He plans to continue his education to obtain a Doctorate’s in Physical Therapy to open his own practice.
Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective’s Historian
has live in Riverside for 20 years and is currently attending Cal Poly Pomona attaining his B.F.A in Graphic Design. As an ally he holds the position of Historian on the Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Coalition’s Board and documents the Undocumented movement. He also serves on the Arlanza Community Garden board which is local to his neighborhood. What motivates him is the advocacy in policies, some of which has helped his parents acquire their status. He is also motivated by the aphorism “To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish,” there is no one way to view the world, and by only seeing the world in one way we limit our perspective we limit ourselves. The values that he hopes to proliferate are advocacy, resiliency and community.