Migrant Roots Media (MRM) is a digital platform which seeks to amplify the perspectives of migrants on the root causes of our migration and shed light on the sociopolitical and economic reasons people struggle to stay and thrive in their homelands.

We strategically position these intersectional voices and understandings so they can aid in advancing narratives and political analyses concerning migration and other social issues.


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Roxana Bendezú

Executive Director

Roxana Bendezú was born in Lima, Perú. She migrated to the United States in 1999. In 2013 she collaborated with the Office of Migration and Refugees of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC to mobilize Catholic parishioners in key districts to advocate for immigrants' rights. In 2015 she accepted a position as the Associate Director for Organizing and Leadership Development at Hope Border Institute in El Paso, Texas to work on strengthening binational collaboration particularly between faith and social justice communities. Roxana has served in various organizations, including Charlotte's local Sierra Club executive committee, Democracy North Carolina board of directors and School of the America's Watch national council. She also supported the foundation of the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee in El Paso, Texas.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

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Alejandra Mejía

Chief Editor

Alejandra Mejía was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and lived in Panamá, her mother's home country, until age 11. Her family migrated to the United States in 2005. Since migrating, she has been committed to community building, starting with multicultural organizations and evolving into social justice-oriented work. Her politics and devotion to immigrant rights work are largely informed by being the daughter of a single, working-class immigrant mother. She graduated from Williams College with a degree in Comparative Literature and a concentration in Latina/o/x Studies and is currently an Editorial Associate at Duke University Press.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers


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Loan Tran

Loan Tran was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam to a Vietnamese mother and a Vietnamese-White father who was born to a U.S. military personnel during the American War on Viet Nam. Their family migrated to the U.S. in the mid-90s. They grew up in Charlotte, NC where they began organizing around migrant justice and LGBTQ student safety. Their family's experience with imperialism and the prison system is what informs much of their organizing. Loan is currently based in Durham, NC where they support grassroots organizing led by Black, Brown, LGBTQ, and migrant communities.

Pronouns: They / Them / Theirs

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Felicia Arriaga

Felicia Arriaga is a North Carolina activist and assistant professor at Appalachian State University. Originally from Western, North Carolina, Arriaga completed her undergraduate degree, Masters, and Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University. Her dissertation highlights how federal immigration enforcement programs are implemented through local law enforcement in the new immigrant destination of North Carolina. The daughter of migrant farmworkers, she previously worked for Student Action with Farmworkers, building community campaigns through the Adelante Education Coalition and Southern Vision Alliance. She formerly served as a member of the City of Durham Human Relations Commission as well as the Durham Solidarity Center and is currently on the board for the Ignite NC Action Fund. Her position as Latina and a U.S. citizen in a growing immigrant destination drives her to study how Latinxs interact with law and immigration enforcement; yet, she seeks to do so with a relational race lens that consider how this enforcement is just one piece of the prison industrial complex.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers