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Southeast Immigrant Rights Network

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Evelyn Servin, President

Yolanda Zavala, Vice President

Martha Lugo, Treasurer

Meredith Cabell

Herlinda León

I am part of SEIRN's Board of Directors because I am part of community that is marginalized, discriminated, attacked every day by this country's anti-immigrant laws. SEIRN is a network of organizations in the Southeast united in struggle for the same cause: to defend our rights. I represent the state of Florida and I am a member of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. I feel very proud of being a part of this great network where I've learned many things. Thanks to everyone for your support.  

Carolina Bautista Velez

 

Carolina Bautista Velez is a mother, immigrant, activist, psychotherapist and popular educator who is passionate about transforming the world at an individual and community level. Mrs. Bautista -Velez is the owner of CVelez Consulting, LLP, in Richmond, Virginia. In her native land, Colombia, Carolina started her activism at a young age, as a student activist increasing political participation and awareness in her University, as well as working with issues related to the displacement of indigenous people due to the political conflict. Once she arrived in the US, 14 years ago, she continued her activism fighting for immigrant rights and organizing with other communities of color from an intersectional framework. Mrs. Bautista-Velez enjoys traveling with her partner and daughter, playing tennis, reading, and learning from people of different backgrounds and lifestyles, and creating a just world without ism’s and forms of oppression,  where multiple worlds, languages and points of views are possible.

Carlos Torres

Originally from Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico, I am undocumented, I am an artist, and I paint pieces related to resistance, the struggle for immigrant and civil rights, and against racism. I am a father and husband and have four sons. I am a member of Communities United in One Voice (CUUV) in Memphis, TN and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. As an undocumented person, I feel a great need to be visible and speak up in order to come out of the shadows. My commitment to the movement grows every day. This is why I am also part of SEIRN's Board of Directors, since we are very committed to our mission of empowering the directly affected grassroots community and that they should be the leaders  and the voice of their own stories. SEIRN is like my second home: I will carry the learning and the great camaraderie with me always to keep sowing roots of resistance. 

Leng Leng Chancey

Leng Leng Chancey is an activist, community organizer and champion for human rights issues. Her longstanding passions revolve around social justice issues concerning Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women, with “equitable access for all” as her motto. In 2013, Leng Leng, along with four other women, founded the Atlanta Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, a national organization focusing on building a movement to advance social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls in the United States. She served as a co-chair for the group for the first two years before being named the National Deputy Director of the national organization.  Currently, Leng Leng serves as the Vice President of Development and Marketing for Quality Care for Children which has a mission to ensure that Georgia's infants and young children are nurtured and educated. She is an avid volunteer in the community and currently also serves on the Board of Director for Access Reproductive Care-Southeast.  Leng Leng was born and raised in Singapore and came to the United States to attend Washington State University where she received her BA in History and Asian Studies. She has held numerous management positions in nonprofits such as the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Culture Connect, and Center for Pan Asian Community Services. She is also a trained facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League and facilitates training around cultural competency and diversity. In 2017, Leng Leng was honored by DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond with a Proclamation during Women's History month for all her contribution to DeKalb County and beyond. In her spare time, she enjoys social change advocacy via the soulful beats of an all-women Korean folk drumming group, which she co-founded. 

Arely Westley

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