Staff

Jorge Gutierrez (he/him/él)

Executive Director

jorge@familiatqlm.org

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. He is the founder of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, a national LGBTQ Latinx organization focused on organizing and advocacy on the diverse issues impacting the trans and queer Latinx 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 is the founder of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP).

Jennicet Gutierrez (she/hers/ella)

Community Organizer and Advocate

jennicet@familiatqlm.org

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.

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. Emilio graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in public policy. His organizing efforts have been covered in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Univision, CNN en Español, and other national and state media. Emilio strongly believes in centering the voices of marginalized people directly impacted by anti-immigrant policies. In his free time, he’s busy taking care of his corgi, Corgi B Luna.

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.

Alejandra Esparza Chong Cuy (she/ella)

LGBTQ Border Project Coordinator  

alejandra@familiatqlm.org

Struggles deeply with Bios— constantly wondering if it is possible for an assemblage of words to capture presence, or the ever-expanding ways of relating, or even the variety of containers we put our work and offerings to— and yet, also understands the importance of creating a language for collective work that is often unseen.

Ale finds truth in support work and grounding in direct service work, where she learned that in order to fill in the gaps and connect the dots it is important to listen actively and closely and to look sideways. She is grateful for the many survivors of partner abuse that allowed her to show up for them in ways relevant to their needs throughout the years. Also, a language worker (interpreter & translator) she believes that it is possible to co-create spaces in which all expressions are seen/understood, and all voices are heard and witnessed.