Alma’s work has centered on developing initiatives to address rural development, climate change, and human rights. Over the past twenty years, she has provided technical assistance to various grassroots organizations addressing food, agriculture, and ecological sustainability, particularly with migrant and refugee communities on the US-Mexico borderlands. In addition, Alma has helped build grassroots networks to monitor and document human rights violations resulting from immigration enforcement in communities along the US-Mexico border. Alma has been engaged as a member of NNIRR since participating in the 2001 delegation to the UN World Conference Against Racism and Xenophobia (WCAR) in South Africa. She is also a contributing author and trainer to our BRIDGE popular education program, helping to develop human rights monitoring curriculum in 2005. Alma, based in El Paso, TX, is advancing NNIRR’s strategic human rights advocacy and organizing at the border, in national policy spaces and international migrant rights spaces, engaging with partners to build intersectional solidarity within the movement. 

Jen has been involved with NNIRR for over 20 years, most recently as our Associate Director since 2016. She has a background in the Central American solidarity movement, having lived and worked in El Salvador in the early 1990’s during the end of the Civil War and the signing and first few years of the Peace Accords. After returning to the US, she was the West Coast Regional Director of CISPES in the 1990s, where her work led the organization to embrace the intersection of Central America solidarity with the rights of immigrants in the U.S.

Jen has been involved with NNIRR for over 20 years, most recently as our Associate Director since 2016. She has a background in the Central American solidarity movement, and was the West Coast Regional Director of CISPES in the 1990s, where her work led the organization to embrace the intersection of Central America solidarity with the rights of immigrants in the U.S.