Staff

Jennicet Gutierrez (she/hers/ella)

Co-Executive Director

jennicet@familiatqlm.org

Jennicet Gutiérrez (she/hers/ella) is a transgender immigrant Latina from Tuxpan, Jalisco. She organizes nationally trans and queer Latinx and immigrant communities at the intersections of trans and queer rights, and migrant and racial justice. 

Francisco Cortes (he/him/él)

Co-Executive Director

francisco@familiatqlm.org

Francisco Cortes is a queer Mexican immigrant from Philadelphia. For a decade, Francisco has passionately worked in LGBTQ youth development, HIV advocacy and immigrant rights work locally in Philadelphia and at the national level. Francisco is eager and energized to lead Familia:TQLM in our focus work. 

Emilio Vicente (he/him/él)

Advocacy & Communications Director

emilio@familiatqlm.org

Emilio Vicente is undocumented, queer, and unafraid. He was born in Guatemala and grew up in North Carolina. He’s been organizing for immigrants’ rights, and other social justice issues, for more than 10 years. His organizing efforts have been covered in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Univision, CNN en Español, and other national and state media. 

Mariella Saba (she/they)

Grassroots Leadership and Healing Justice Organizer 

mariella@familiatqlm.org

Mariella Saba is grounded and moved by her roots from Palestine to Mexico. Born and raised in occupied Tongva land in Los Angeles, where they dedicate life to healing and organizing in a collective duty to our struggles for all life’s freedom, joy, love, dignity, justice, liberation y más.

Fighting to love queerly and freely and happy to begin their journey in motherhood with her two bebes. Mariella is the co-founder and abolition organizer with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, among other grassroots-based organizations; co-lead, research organizer of Our Data Bodies Project.

Lucia Canela (she/they)

Design and Creative Strategist 

canela@familiatqlm.org

Lucia grew up in Arizona, where she worked extensively to change the narrative of migrants, indigenous, formerly or currently incarcerated communities of color through organizing, storytelling and the arts in her former role of communications director at Puente Human Rights Movement.

In 2016, she played a key role in the communications strategy and implementation for the #BaztaArpaio campaign to unseat the racist sheriff of Maricopa County. Lucia also runs @grafica.canela, a collaborative space for her to work with healers, movement builders, artists and organizers through media and design.

In her free time she enjoys experimenting with flavors and is a firm believer food is a great conduit for communication and building profound relationships. She is currently based out of Zhigaagoong in Niswi-miskodewinan territory (Chicago) where she continues to support grassroots organizations.

She is currently Design & Creative Strategist for Familia TQLM since September 2020.

Sol Jiménez Palacios (she/they)

Social Media and Narrative Creator 

sol@familiatqlm.org

Sol is a trans immigrant from Mexico City, a first-generation DACA recipient, and renowned makeup artist. They have coordinated local and national racial justice work, prioritizing transgender communities and Black trans women.They currently serve as the Social Media and Narrative Creator for Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, working to end trans detention. Sol holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley.

Max Cisneros (he/they)

Border Butterflies Organizer 

max@familiatqlm.org

Max (he, they) is a Queer, cis-gender, gay man born in Acapulco, Mexico and now living on occupied Quinnipiac lands in Connecticut. Max started his community work near Boston, MA after being diagnosed with HIV in 2012. While working at an AIDS Service Organization for nearly five years he joined the Ryan White Planning Counsel for New Haven & Fairfield Counties. In 2019, Max started working at a local shelter, where he noticed how undocumented LGBTQ+ people were treated and felt compelled to bring change to that community. In early 2020 Max was hired as the inaugural Latinx Program Curator for the New Haven Pride Center. At the Center, Max provided gender affirming advocacy, popular education campaigns and community healing programming for undocumented LGBTQ+ people in Connecticut and beyond. During 2021, Max forged a partnered between the New Haven Pride Center and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement which resulted in the resurgance of Connectucut Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.