Lorena Quiroz, is a 22-year Mississippi resident. Born in Ecuador, by way of New York, she’s an organizer and mother of three amazing girls; first generation Afro Latinas born in the beautiful Delta flatlands. She is the founder of the Immigrant Alliance for Justice and Equity, an organization whose purpose is to amplify the voices of marginalized, multi-racial, and immigrant communities by active participation in civic engagement in deconstructing barriers that perpetuate racial, xenophobic, socio-economical, and gender identity and sexuality disparities and oppression.
Aimee Pacheco is from Adairsville, GA. She graduated from the 2020 Class of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Geography and Spanish modified with Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies. She is currently a coordinator between the Immigrant Alliance for Justice and Equity of Mississippi (IAJE) and the Dartmouth Research Team Abolish Incarceration and Detention Everywhere (AIDE). She is also a SEO Law Catalyst Scholar, planning to enroll into law school Fall 2021. She hopes to pursue a career in immigration law and provide representation for rural communities in the South.
Aimee currently works with Sur Legal Collaborative and continues to assist IAJE.
Queer Justice Project Lead
Jess Manrriquez is a queer Chicana educator specializing in the pre-Columbian Southeast. She has over a decade of experience in grassroots queer and racial justice movement work in Mississippi and throughout the southeast, and currently serves as the Queer Justice Project Lead and Policy Fellow for the Immigrant Alliance of Justice & Equity of MS.
JUAN QUINONEZ ZEPEDA
A native of Mississippi, Juan is a current student at Dartmouth College where his personal experiences and passions have led him to study an intersection of Geography and Education. His work in academia draws from his experience as a first-generation, son of immigrants, in rural Mississippi. At Dartmouth, he is a current organizer with the Coalition for Immigration Reform and Equity at Dartmouth and FUERZA, as well as the co-founder of the FUERZA- Farmworker’s Fund. He is interested in education reform and deconstructing and redefining skilled labor as it pertains to immigrant workers in the United States. Post undergraduate, he hopes to take a couple of years away from academia before pursuing a PhD centered on community action and research to research inequalities that people from his community and state oftentimes are suppressed from speaking about.
Though he is no longer an intern at IAJE, Juan continues to assist when he can.