Tania Chairez is an undocumented immigrant born in Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She received a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and M.Ed. from Grand Canyon University. For the past decade, Tania has prioritized her passion for the intersection of immigration and education as an immigrant rights community organizer, middle school teacher, college and career advisor, and scholarship program manager for undocumented college students. Watch her TedX Talk on being Undocumented and Unafraid, share her journey in the local documentary Five Dreamers, and uplift the UndocuAmerica Tour she is leading as the National Outreach & Education Director for Motus Theater. She is currently the Founder & Executive Director of Convivir, an organization that aims to support immigrant and refugee students in Colorado.
Shikha Dalmia is a visiting fellow with the Mercatus Center’s Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange. Previously, she was a senior analyst at Reason Foundation. Dalmia is a columnist at The Week. She previously wrote regularly for Reason magazine and served as a columnist for Forbes and the Washington Examiner.
From 1996 to 2004, Dalmia was an award-winning editorial writer at the Detroit News, covering a variety of policy issues, including the environment, immigration, Social Security, health care and foreign policy. She also worked as a reporter for the Patriot, a national daily newspaper based in New Delhi, India, where she grew up and earned her B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Delhi. Dalmia earned a Master’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and son.
Justin is a Philadelphia native and former community organizer. He served for six years in Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez’s office, where he focused on tax policy. He then served for six years Director of Programs and Partnerships at Bartram’s Garden, a city park in Southwest Philadelphia. Justin currently is the Director of FDR Park in South Philadelphia.
Juliette Gomez is a Philadelphia-based immigration attorney specializing in removal defense and creative solutions for undocumented and transnational families. Previously, Juliette was an Associate Immigration Attorney at Corpuz & Archambeault. Juliette is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and the University of Mary Washington.
Jamila Hammami (they/them/theirs) is a Texan, organizer, educator, writer, researcher, consultant, abolitionist social worker, and PhD student. For nearly 20 years, Jamila has organized in labor, LGBTQIA TS & GNC/ HIV+, racial/migrant/reproductive justice, and anti-imperialist movements. Jamila is a Ph.D. student of Social Welfare studying Community Organizing and Social Movements, with a focus on migration and no borders at CUNY Graduate Center and is an adjunct lecturer in the Africana Studies department at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Their most recent book chapter, “Bridging Immigration Justice and Prison Abolition”, is published in Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention and Deportation. Additionally, Jamila is a co-PI on an IRB Community Action Research study on criminalization and resistance of Immigrant and Muslim communities. Jamila is humbled to have received several recognitions, honors, and awards for their work, and is a Frederick Douglass Bicentennial 200 Abolitionist honoree. Jamila is a steering committee member of the Open Borders Conference and serves on the Board of Directors of the Free Migration Project. Prior to Ph.D. school, Jamila was the founding executive director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. Jamila holds an MSW in Community Organizing & Program Development with a focus in Immigrants and Refugees from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a BSW from the University of North Texas. Jamila’s lives in Brooklyn, New York.
John Lee is a Malaysian immigrant to the U.S. He has written extensively, especially at Open Borders: The Case, championing the case for open borders and free migration. He presently works as an analyst at a technology company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jenna McElroy is a Vice President at Emancipet, a national veterinary care organization. Previously, she worked as the director of strategic initiatives and associate director of philanthropy for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. She is also the co-founder of The Natalwork and works as a consultant for nonprofit organizations across the country. Her background is in nonprofit management, event planning, social services, strategic initiatives, development, and community advocacy. Jenna has been involved in many projects along the US-Mexico border and throughout the US and Latin America, documenting human rights abuses and aiding in migrant support work. She graduated with her Masters in Law & Social Policy and Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College.
A citizen of India, Vipul came to the United States for a mathematics Ph.D. and graduated from the University of Chicago in 2013. He currently works as a data scientist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started Open Borders: The Case in 2012, a website and group blog discussing the case for open borders and paths for moving toward it. His interest in promoting open borders stems from a mix of ethical reasons (freedom of movement and association) and a belief that freer movement will be generally beneficial to the world.
California born and daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, Katia is a fierce advocate for the rights of workers, women, and immigrants in her community. Katia is currently a Mass Liberation Organizer with Reclaim Philadelphia. She has experience working in community outreach and public health. She was previously lead organizer at Make the Road PA’s Philadelphia office. Before that, she was the Promotores de Salud Program Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania. Katia holds a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Temple University and resides in Lower Northeast Philadelphia.
Jasmine Rivera is the Director of Civic Engagement of Pennsylvania Voice in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from Chicago, she grew up primarily in Arizona and became involved in social justice movements at a young age. Organizing with the Black and Latinx community in the Philadelphia area, she played a lead role in the passage of Philadelphia’s Paid Sick Time law and Sanctuary City policy. As the Director of Civic Engagement, she helps table partners run programming to increase civic engagement for members of the New American Majority, remove barriers to voting access, ensure representation, win on issue campaigns, and achieve racial equity in the progressive community and statewide.
Steven Sacco is an immigration attorney with the Legal Aid Society of New York and often participates in the effort to organize FMP’s annual Open Borders Conference. He identifies as a PIC & border abolitionist, and an anti-nationalist. He is also an advocate for the abolition of citizenship and a proponent of the notion that borders are incompatible with democracy, subjects on which he has published. He can be followed on Twitter at @steventsacco. He lives in Queens.