Moderated by Carolina Martin Ramos (Mexica/Ani'-Yun'wiya Kin), Esq., Co-Executive Director, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim (CMPI), and Director of CMPI Maya & Indigenous Human Rights Program and Legal Services

This webinar is hosted by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

Date: October 22, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific / 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central / 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern

Registration is free for everyone.


Luis Marcos (Q’anjob’al Maya), Founder & Co-Executive Director, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim and Ambassador, Q’anjoba’al, Popti, Chuj, & Akateko Nations

Miguel Villegas Ventura (Ñuu Savi, Mixteco), Program Coordinator, Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo IndÍgena Oaxaqueño

Dr. Jonathan Hook (Cherokee), former Director of Tribal Programs, U.S. EPA (Dallas Regional Office) and former USCIS officer

Cindy Toledo (Maya Q'anjob'al), Legal Assistant at Law Offices of Randy Alexander and Associates; Board Member of Centro Cultural Techantit; Volunteer Legal Advocate, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim; and Coordinator of Social Support Commission, National Council of Indigenous Peoples/CONPID

Domingo Alvaro (Q'anjob'al Maya), Paralegal, Legal Orientation Program (LOP - Otay Mesa), American Bar Association (ABA), Immigration Justice Project and Previous Migrant Shelter Case Manager, Jewish Family Services (JFS), San Diego


Community leaders will share their experiences and perspectives as Indigenous people on Indigenous rights, sovereignty, migration, and ways to better serve Indigenous migrant clients. While weaving in their personal stories, they’ll answer questions like:

  • What are Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the face of borders imposed on them by colonization?
  • In what ways does the U.S. immigration system create challenges for Indigenous community members and migrants?
  • Does it matter if legal advocates representing Indigenous migrants are Indigenous themselves?
  • What can immigration service providers do to better serve their Indigenous migrant clients?