Border Network for Human Rights- 2016 Board of Directors:
Elena Campos- Elena Campos is married and she has 3 teenage sons. In 2003 Elena Campos became a human rights promoter, then a regional coordinator. She has participated in many marches, protests, vigils and has also represented New Mexico in Washington DC defending the Border Accountability and Community Engagement Act. She is also involved in the following community activities: local school football booster and dream team club and she offers citizenship classes at a church and a local middle school.
Margarita Arvizu- Margarita Arvizu also serves as regional coordinator in Montana Vista, (East El Paso).
BOARD TREASURER Monsignor Arturo Banuelas-
Josh Bernstein- Josh Bernstein, SEIU’s immigration director, is responsible for directing, developing, and leading the union’s activities to build power for its immigrant members and their families through national lobbying, grassroots activism, and internal capacity building. Mr. Bernstein joined SEIU’s staff in January 2009 after more than 14 years at the National Immigration Law Center, where he most recently served as director of federal policy. At NILC, he was a trusted national leader on immigration reform and immigrant worker rights issues. Mr. Bernstein’s advocacy on behalf of low-income workers dates back to 1982 when he was director of Californians for a Fair Share, a grassroots statewide coalition of low-income families and their allies that was formed to combat welfare cuts. He subsequently served as a welfare advocate for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Inner City Law Center, a Los Angeles skid row legal clinic, providing direct services to homeless families and coordinating a coalition pressing for improved city and county services.
Cathy Albisa – Ms. Albisa is a constitutional and human rights lawyer with a background on the right to health. Ms. Albisa also has significant experience working in partnership with community organizers in the use of human rights standards to strengthen advocacy in the United States. She co-founded NESRI along with Sharda Sekaran and Liz Sullivan in order to build legitimacy for human rights in general, and economic and social rights in particular, in the United States. She is committed to a community-centered and participatory human rights approach that is locally anchored, but universal and global in its vision. Ms. Albisa clerked for the Honorable Mitchell Cohen in the District of New Jersey. She received a BA from the University of Miami and is a graduate of Columbia Law School.
Carlos Spector- Mr.. Spector is a well-known and respected immigration attorney in El Paso, TX. He is also the founder and executive director of “Mexicanos En Exilio” a group formed by asylum seeking applicants.
Fernando Garcia (Non-Voting Member) – Fernando Garcia is Founding Director of the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR). The BNHR supports immigrant border communities in the promotion of their human rights and the demand of humane of immigration reform that is consistent with human rights. As Director, Fernando is responsible for facilitating the creation of Human Rights Community-Based Committees and the training of Human Rights Promoters in Southern New Mexico, West Texas, Arizona, Houston, Dallas, San Jose CA and New Jersey. In 2001, he became the National Coordinator of the National Movement for Legalization and Human Rights – an alliance of community based immigrant groups and organizations in the U.S. Under Fernando’s coordination, the Border Network for Human Rights has also worked closely with local elected officials and community organizations to develop city council resolutions in El Paso, Texas to oppose the militarization of the border, a call for comprehensive immigration reform, and against the presence of racist groups in the border region such as the minutemen. At the present time he is a member of the Independent Task Force of Immigration and America’s Future convened by the Migration Policy Institute.
The Board of Directors is also composed from Community Members whom live and reside in the areas the BNHR Works directly in. These members do not work national organizations, but nonetheless are important figures that define the direction of BNHR Community Members:
BNHR Community Members in Board of Directors:
Rosa Mejia –Rosa worked as a BNHR regional coordinator who helped create and develop several human rights committees in her community, she currently serves as a volunteer at East El Paso, and belongs to the region known as “Cesar Chavez”.
Araceli Alvarado – Is a housewife that lives in Southern NM, and belong to the Region known as “Rio Grande.”
Irma Zacarias– Housewife who resides in El Paso, TX, she also serves as regional coordinator in the central area in a region known as “El Caminante”.
Norma Reyes– Housewife who resides in East El Paso, TX and is a human rights promotor in San Elizario and Socorro, TX.
Yolanda Lopez– Works and lives in El Paso, Texas, she is currently serving as a human rights promotor in the Central Area of El Paso.
Martha Puentes de Hernandez- Housewife and human rights promotor who resides in Las Cruces, N.M.
Miriam Guerrero – Is a housewife, and belongs to the Region known as “Tierra del Encanto.”