1. Update
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

Advocacy Corps 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 class of Advocacy Corps Organizers work with Congress on comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform.

Aurelio Anderson, 22

  • Spring Lobby Weekend 2018

I am Quaker. I wanted to come this time because of the topic, immigration. I was born in La Gonave, Haiti, and I would be a dreamer if my father wasn’t American. I have relatives who are dreamers; my father taught English to immigrants in South Florida and then was a trainer for ESL teachers. So I have a deep connection.

Brenda Luna Bravo

  • El Paso, Texas Advocacy Corps Organizer

Brenda Luna Bravo is graduate student at the University of Texas in El Paso. After completing her Master’s Program she plans on pursuing Law school and focusing on policy development and implementation. Brenda has a huge family because she grew up in a somewhat different social unit, and they are the most important part of her life.

Connor Wall

  • Covington, Kentucky Advocacy Corps Organizer

Connor Wall is a recent graduate from Northern Kentucky University. After obtaining his degree in Public Relations, he took a job at a PR firm in Northern Kentucky.

Elizabeth Scott

  • New Iberia, Louisiana Advocacy Corps Organizer

Elizabeth Scott is a junior Political Science/ Pre-Law major with an Organizational Communications minor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a member of the Honors program, as well as a second-year Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States team member for her university.

Gabrielle Jones

  • Cleveland, Ohio Advocacy Corps Organizer

Gabrielle Jones is a Native of Cleveland Ohio and a graduate of Martin Luther King High School. She was also the Grand Prize Winner of the Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out Essay Competition through the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage where she received a $50,000 scholarship renewable for four years to the college of her choice.

Gabriel Maupome-Ramirez

  • Bloomington, Indiana Advocacy Corps Organizer

Gabriel Maupome-Ramirez, originally from Mexico City, has been living in Indiana for the past 11 years. Entering his final year at Indiana University, he is completing a BA in Political Science, and is also earning minors in Spanish and religious studies, and a certificate in Political Action and Civic Engagement.

Harriet Jordan

  • Boone, North Carolina Advocacy Corps Organizer

Harriet Jordan is a senior Psychology major with a concentration in Business and two minors; one in Human Resource Management and one in Statistics at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She was born in the United Kingdom and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of four with her family.

Helen Mountjoy-Venning

  • Seattle, Washington Advocacy Corps Organizer

Helen Mountjoy-Venning is a graduate of Earlham College, where she studied environmental studies and Middle Eastern Studies, and helped lead a campus divestment campaign. During college she studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, interning at Friends of the Earth Middle East.

Joelly Mejia

  • Los Angeles, California Advocacy Corps Organizer

Joelly Mejia is a TV Producer and is currently serving as the Manager of Development at Pie Town Productions, an award-winning production company that specializes in family-friendly programming.

Jose Angel Mejia

  • Staten Island, New York Advocacy Corps Organizer

Jose Angel Mejia began university at the CUNY College of Staten Island in the Spring of 2013 as an undocumented student. Jose was born in Mexico City and, at the age of two, brought to the United States by his family.

Kavita Hardy

  • Burnsville, North Carolina Advocacy Corps Organizer

In 2015, Kavita spent a month with the organization No More Deaths providing humanitarian aid to undocumented migrants crossing the border through Arizona's deserts. After that experience, she was convinced of the need for more compassionate, humane and de-militarized immigration policy.

Lilian Serrano

  • Escondido, California Advocacy Corps Organizer

Lilian Serrano was born and raised on the U.S.-Mexico border region from a family of immigrant farm workers. She spent her teens in Oxnard California, a small agricultural town in Ventura County. She graduated from California State University San Marcos as the first in her family to earn a B.A.

Mathew Hursey

  • Wilmington, Ohio Advocacy Corps Organizer

Mathew Hursey is a junior Agribusiness and Political Science double major from Wilmington College in Ohio. He comes from a small rural town in East Central Ohio, where he grew up on his family’s farm.

Mimosa Thomas

  • Rio Grande Valley, Texas Advocacy Corps Organizer

Mimosa Thomas is Biology major on a pre-medical track with a minor in Medical Spanish at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She loves her border community and enjoys working with grassroots organizers who are passionate about keeping the community a flourishing and demilitarized place to live, where all of its residents can feel safe and at home regardless of their citizenship status.

Sam Fuller

  • Rome, Georgia Advocacy Corps Organizer

Sam Fuller is a senior Political Science and Economics double major at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. For the past year, Sam has been working with local community members and leaders to organize events that promote diversity and stand against hate.

Sergio Mata, 23

  • Houghton, New York Advocacy Corps Organizer

Sergio Mata is a sophomore at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. He was born and raised in Northern New Mexico. He has pursued many opportunities to grow as a leader.

Tom Cassidy

  • Norman, Oklahoma Advocacy Corps Organizer

Tom Cassidy was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Strake Jesuit College Prep where he was President of the Ecology Club and a member of the Campus Green Committee. Tom is a convinced Quaker who has been an active attender at Live Oak Friends Meeting since November 2014.

Sitara Nath

  • Portland, Oregon Advocacy Corps Organizer

Sitara Nath was raised in Olympia, Washington and is currently a sophomore at the University of Portland. She is double majoring in Philosophy and Political Science with a focus on public policy and minoring in Social Justice.