The Steering Committee is the decision making body of our organizations. Our duties include drafting the vision and direction of our efforts such as program development, campaign and programmatic priorities, and strategic plan for our short term and long term goals. The Steering Committee is composed of diverse geographical regions, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, ages, immigration and citizenship experiences, language capacities, cultural identities, educational backgrounds, and professional interests. Our aim is to represent the diversity of our LGBTQ Latino and Latina community across the United States.
For over 10 years, Julián Cancino has launched and developed several community-based initiatives to advance the civil rights of low-income and minority populations. Julián is currently involved in social justice organizations such as Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education, Brown Boi Project, and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. A first generation student, Juilián received his BA from UC Berkeley. He is a proud transgender immigrant from Chiapas, Mexico.
Isa Noyola, was born in Houston, Texas and comes from culturally rich indigenous roots from Comitán, Chiapas and San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Isa identifies as a translatina, gender fluid, activist, two-spirit, queer, jota, pastors kid, muxerista, and cultural organizer. Isa is passionate about abolishing oppressive systems that criminalize trans & queer im/migrant communities of color. Her vision for thriving trans communities include sharing wisdom through multi-racial and inter-generational spaces and amplifying lived experiences through art and culture.
Coming soon / Próximamente
Jerssay is a self-proclaimed undocumented, unafraid, and unashamed queer Latino immigrant. He was born in Mexico City and raised in Phoenix, AZ. At a very young age Jerssay witnessed the injustices faced by his immigrant, trans, and queer community. Such injustices influenced him to want to do something and change the hearts and minds of people. Jerssay began organizing with the Arizona Dream Act Coalition and pushed for in-state tuition and the federal DREAM ACT, and helped create visibility for the UndocuQueer community throughout Arizona. In 2013 he joined the United We Dream Network and led the network’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) as the project’s national coordinator, helping the network grow capacity by building and organizing queer trans youth, parents, families and allies around immigrant and LGBTQ issues. In 2014 Jerssay co-founded The Queer Network, a local organization, and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, a national LGBTQ Latin@ organization. Also, Jerssay is passionate about food, culture, dance, music and fashion.
Mariella Saba, 27, primarily identifies as a healing arts practitioner, community organizer, writer, teatrista and learning facilitator. Daughter of [im]migrant parents, born and raised in East Los Angeles of mixed Arabic and Mexican decent. Director of IDEPSCA’s Aprendamos (Let’s Learn) Program since 2009, leading popular education based curriculum with children, youth, and families throughout Los Angeles. She is a community organizer, co-founder of Stop LAPD Spying coalition and co-founder of Teatro Moonaguas. Attended UC Santa Cruz where she co-founded Students Informing Now, and graduated in 2009 with a BA in Literature, Concentration in Creative Writing, and a Minor in Theater Arts. Also graduated as a Massage Therapist from the Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing (IPSB) August 2013 working to model self, family, community, and systemic healing.