Jorge Gutierrez is an UndocuQueer activist born in Nayarit, Mexico, and was raised in Santa Ana, California. He is a graduate of the California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Most recently he is the founder of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, a national LGBTQ Latina/o organization focused on organizing and advocacy on the diverse issues impacting the trans and queer Latina/o community in the United States. In addition, he has co-founded various organizations focused on social justice for the LGBTQ and immigrant communities: DeColores Queer Orange County, the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), and the founder of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP).
Jennicet Gutiérrez is a transgender Latina organizer from México. She was born in Tuxpan, Jalisco. She is an organizer Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. Jennicet believes in the importance of uplifting and centering the voices of trans women of color in all racial justice work. Jennicet will continue to organize in order to end the deportation, incarceration and criminalization of immigrants and all people of color. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Umí Vera is a child of Tepehuan O’dami indigenous parents. She was born and raised half of her life in southeast L.A and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest. With 15 years of organizing experience predominantly in policy advocacy in the intersections of migrant and trans/queer grassroots organizing, she joins us as our Campaign and Organizing Director.
She has executive leadership experience and was most recently the End Profiling Legislative Campaign Director at Unite Oregon, a refugee and immigrant rights organization. There she co-created Resilient Connections, a support group and leadership program for trans and queer refugee and immigrant folks.