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.
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.
Alejandra Mejía graduated from Williams College with a degree in Comparative Literature and a concentration in Latina/o/x Studies. She was co-chair of Vista, the Latinx student organization on campus, and was an orientation leader for the First Generation student group. Both of these activities fed her passion for social justice and equity issues outside of the classroom, since she was often interacting with students, like herself, who faced particular types of challenges navigating an institution like Williams. She was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship sophomore year, a national research fellowship meant to increase diversity in academia by supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds who want to pursue careers in the academy. Her research explored how self-identified U.S. Latina feminists communicate their development as social and political subjects online, creating a unique feminist discourse that challenges historically-rooted stereotypes of Latina womanhood in the United States. She is currently an Editorial Associate at Duke University Press where she assists an editor with over thirty book projects centered on Latin American studies, anthropology, sociology, and women’s studies.
Loan Tran is a socialist, queer, gender non-conforming Vietnamese writer and organizer based in the U.S. South. They have been organizing for over a decade across various struggles for liberation. Loan believes that through revolutionary solidarity and compassion we can create a world that prioritizes human needs over profit.
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 PhD from Duke University in Sociology. Her dissertation highlights how federal immigration enforcement programs are implemented through local law enforcement in the new immigrant destination of North Carolina. Previously she worked for Student Action with Farmworkers, building community campaigns through the Adelante Education Coalition and Southern Vision Alliance. She served as a member of the City of Durham Human Relations Commission and currently is on the board for the Durham Solidarity Center and the Ignite NC Action Fund.