Immigration Committee

IMMIGRATION COMMITTEE

On January 13, 1999 the governing body adopted Resolution No. 1999-6 declaring a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of a persons national origin and appointig an immigration task force.  This committee is dedicated to addressing the human rights status of non-citizens in the city of Santa Fe.  The committee membership consists of 9 representatives residing in the county of Santa Fe and selected from the following areas:

Human Rights
Social Services
Business Community
Health Care
Labor Organizations
Religious Community
Youth Service Providers
Women's Advocacy Groups
Educators and Legal Services

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Jewel Cabeza de Vaca
Member for 7 years
Social Media/Communication
Southwest Care Center, Liaison, community outreach
Parcipate, support, collaborative resources, legislative liaison, healthcare advocate women, children, families
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Marcela Diaz
Member for 4 years
Executive Director, Somos Un Pueblo Unido
Ms. Díaz is the founding Executive Director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a statewide immigrant-based organization that works to promote racial and worker justice.  With an active membership of close to 3,000 people in eight counties, including Santa Fe, Somos: offers community education about rights and remedies; forges leadership opportunities for immigrants and low-wage workers; provides legal services to wage theft victims; engages Latinos in the political and electoral process; and leads grassroots campaigns for local and national policies that strengthen communities.   
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Amparo Elisa Guerrero
Member for 4 years
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Elizabeth Hemmer
Member for 4 years

Maria Cristina Lopez
Member for 16 years when established in 2002
Was chair in 2004 with Betty Jean Shinas as Vice Chair
Was a Spanish professor at SFCC and then Chair of the World Language Department.  I was able to report to the committee the status of immigrant students at the college.  
Worked with the Board of Directors of SFCC and Somos Un Pueblo Unido to make SFCC the first education institution in the state to allow immigrant students who lived in Santa Fe County to register as resident students.
I am a New Mexico Certified Court Interpreter working to insure that our immigrant population has appropriate language access in our courts, city services and schools.
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Susan Hayre
Member 1 year
Welcoming Communities Subcommittee
Work as SFPS school counselor for a large dual-language community school in SF. Also a Crisis Response Coordinator for the Postvention Team of Northern New Mexico which is a part of the NM Suicide Intervention Project/the SKY Center.  Previously worked as an interpreter and family therapist for the SKY Center.

Javier V. Rios
Member for 4 years
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Alejandra Seluja, Chair
Member for 4 years
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