OUR TEAM

 

 

 

Shift Manager, Alejandro Pastrana (He/Him)

“I hold a Bachelor’s degree in History from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), where I learned a wide variety of thought tools in which History has greater weight, since I was given courses in History of Mexico, which covered topics from Pre-Hispanic Mexico to Modern and Contemporary History of Mexico. I have also received courses in Ancient History, which covered topics from the beginning of the first societies organized in cities to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. I have also taken courses in European Modern History. And in my training as a historian, I have also studied Social Theory, specifically in Sociology, which addressed the fundamentals of social action theory. I later also had an approach in Philosophy, in which I studied History Philosophy. I currently work at Albergue Temporal Casa Arcoíris, where I take care of the night shift and help in various activities within it.”

 

 

 

 

Care and Management, Angélica Naydeline Leal (She/Her)

“I am a student of Sociology at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), a feminist and bisexual. I am working on my undergraduate thesis at this time, which addresses the depiction of lesbianism in film. I have worked as a research fellow in the department of cultural studies at Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF).  I am currently part of the Albergue Temporal Casa Arcoíris team as coordinator of culture and education, relying on feminism and intersectionality in order to understand the identities, social struggles and migration crises that residents face. I seek to weave support networks among LGBTTTIQ+ people, actively engage with the community, and politicize their discourse.”

 

 

 

 

 

Communication, Claudia Cristina Saucedo García (She/Her)

“I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC). I have worked as a membership coordinator at the Pittsburgh Society of Artist (PSA). I worked as a field researcher and documentary photographer for the Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias (IRSC) at San Diego State University (SDSU). As a photographer I have also documented artistic activities and activities of civil organizations and have practiced as a visual artist through abstract expression and through conceptual photography. I have focused much of my career on the arts but I have also maintained interest and participation in human rights and environmental issues, with the interest of collaborating and participating in the development of a diverse and inclusive reality through art, culture and via the communication arts.”

 

 

 

 

Director, Cristina Franco Abundis (She/Her)

“I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), a Master’s degree in Higher Education and I studied a PhD in Education at Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana (Ibero Tijuana), however I made the decision not to conclude my PhD thesis, I only took the apprenticeship. I have always developed in the following fields: Community organizations, accompanying base groups, especially with women. And in academia, although in the latter more strongly as a teacher, but I have also been in charge of academic departments related to migration, human rights and feminism. This experience gave me the opportunity to never part from grassroots groups that led to my involvement with the Zapatista and feminist movement, as part of my commitment and agency.  I am currently still combining work at Albergue Temporal Casa Arcoíris with my academic work at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC).”

 

 

 

 

Mental Health, Edsel Guadalupe Mosqueda Martínez (She/Her)

“I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Universidad de Tijuana (Cut) and I have complemented my training with a first aid specialized programed facilitated by migration organizations to serve migrants, displaced people and refugees. I have worked with the University of San Diego (USD) in a psychological care program. I am constantly training with organizations specialized in psychology and psychiatric, which allows me to provide better care to individuals. I am currently working at Albergue Temporal Casa Arcoíris where my main goal is to provide a safe space for active listening and proper psychological care for migrants, displaced people and refugees from the LGBTI+ community.”

 

 

 

 

 

Shift Manager, Itzel Arroyo (She/Her)

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For Casa Arcoiris it is very important to respect and preserve the trust and right to privacy of our team members. Personal information is always treated in confidentially and in accordance with the laws, regulations and principles applicable to the protection of personal data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplies and Mantenance / Resident, Johan Arriata (He/Him)

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For Casa Arcoiris it is very important to respect and preserve the trust and right to privacy of our team members. Personal information is always treated in confidentially and in accordance with the laws, regulations and principles applicable to the protection of personal data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education and Culture, Karen Fausto (She/Her)

“I studied the Bachelor’s Degree in Language and Literature of Latin America at the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), my career focuses on the study of literature through sociology subjects, focused on gender and culture. I am a feminist and LGBTTTIQA+ activist, co-founder of the feminist collective Plumas Sororas in which I have sought to give voice to women and people in the community who are in constant resistance.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shift Manager, Ricardo Govantes (He/Him)

“I completed my Bachelor’s studies in Graphic Design at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). I am passionate about living, loving. I like to build, manage, and develop collective and/or community processes. for the past 10 years I have been learning daily in self-development, horizontal and intersectional forms of organization. I like to think that I am a person who actively resists/transforms the capitalist hetero patriarchy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Institutional Development, Sara Amelia Espinosa Islas (She/Her)

“I am a full-time lesbian and feminist. I am a Sociologist with a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM Xochimilco) and a candidate to a Doctored in Education at Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana (Ibero Tijuana). I have been an activist since I was 16 years old in my native Mexico City, but I have been living in Tijuana since age 12. I am a pioneer in the research on maternity and lesbian families in Mexico, and I have published the first book on the subject entitled “Madres Lesbianas. Una mirada a las maternidades y familias lésbicas en México” by the publishing house EGALES in Spain, being the first Mexican published by that publishing house. I am a passionate teacher and consultant on LGBTTTI issues, migration, research, public policy and gender transversality.  I enjoy the company of my cats, my passion is to bake, and I have been sharing my life with a wonderful woman for the past 13 years with who I live every day the resistance and commitment to migrant issues and the LGBTTTI people.”

 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Sub Director, Andrea Gaspar (She/Her)

“I am a community organizer in the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Kumeyaay territory. I am in the process of obtaining my PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California San Diego. I have worked with ACLU SDIC, the Center for Policy Initiatives (CPI), the Rincon Youth Storytellers (RYS) in the Payómkawichum Nation in northern San Diego, and in coalition projects, political awareness and storytelling. I base my work on the fight for recognition of native peoples’ Nations, the intersectional struggles of black communities, migrants, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer, Christopher Chambers (They/Them)

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For Casa Arcoiris it is very important to respect and preserve the trust and right to privacy of our team members. Personal information is always treated in confidentially and in accordance with the laws, regulations and principles applicable to the protection of personal data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director, Cristina Franco Abundis (She/Her)

“I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), a Master’s degree in Higher Education and a PhD in Education from Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana (Ibero Tijuana), however I made the decision not to conclude my PhD thesis, taking only the apprenticeship. I have always developed in the following fields: Community organizations, accompanying base groups, especially with women. And in academia, although in the latter more strongly as a teacher, but I have also been in charge of academic departments related to migration, human rights and feminism. This experience gave me the opportunity to never part from grassroots groups that led to my involvement with the Zapatista and feminist movement, as part of my commitment and agency.  I am currently still combining work at Albergue Temporal Casa Arcoíris with my academic work at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC).”

 

 

 

 

Founder, Nicolasa Cordova (She/Her)

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For Casa Arcoiris it is very important to respect and preserve the trust and right to privacy of our team members. Personal information is always treated in confidentially and in accordance with the laws, regulations and principles applicable to the protection of personal data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVISORY BOARD

 

Andrea Gaspar (She/Her)

“I am a community organizer in the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Kumeyaay territory. I am in the process of obtaining my PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California San Diego. I have worked with ACLU SDIC, the Center for Policy Initiatives (CPI), the Rincon Youth Storytellers (RYS) in the Payómkawichum Nation in northern San Diego, and in coalition projects, political awareness and storytelling. I base her work on the fight for recognition of native peoples’ nations, the intersectional struggles of black communities, migrants, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Chambers (They/Them)

Undisclosed information

For Casa Arcoiris it is very important to respect and preserve the trust and right to privacy of our team members. Personal information is always treated in confidentially and in accordance with the laws, regulations and principles applicable to the protection of personal data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cristina Franco Abundis (She/Her)

“I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), a Master’s degree in Higher Education and a PhD in Education from Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana (Ibero Tijuana), however I made the decision not to conclude my PhD thesis, taking only the apprenticeship. I have always developed in the following fields: Community organizations, accompanying base groups, especially with women. And in academia, although in the latter more strongly as a teacher, but I have also been in charge of academic departments related to migration, human rights and feminism. This experience gave me the opportunity to never part from grassroots groups that led to my involvement with the Zapatista and feminist movement, as part of my commitment and agency.  I am currently still combining work at Albergue Temporal Casa Arcoíris with my academic work at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC).”

 

 

 

 

Liliana Hueso (She/Her)

“I have a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara (ITESO) and a Master’s degree in Photography from the Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana (Ibero Tijuana). I am a lesbian binational citizen, teacher, producer, photographer and activist. I have extensive experience in teaching and conducting audiovisual media and photography workshops, organizing community events, exhibition of photography and performing independent cinema functions on both sides of the border. I am passionate about social justice, and through my photographs and videos I manage to visibilize issues affecting segregated groups, especially with themes of women and the LGBTIQ community. As an activist at the border, my work maintains a perspective that shown through my photographs and the stories embodied.”

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Amelia Espinosa Islas (She/Her)

“I am a full-time lesbian and feminist. I am a Sociologist with a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM Xochimilco) and a candidate to a Doctored in Education at Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana (Ibero Tijuana). I have been an activist since I was 16 years old in my native Mexico City, but I have been living in Tijuana since age 12. I am a pioneer in the research on maternity and lesbian families in Mexico, and I have published the first book on the subject entitled “Madres Lesbianas. Una mirada a las maternidades y familias lésbicas en México” by the publishing house EGALES in Spain, being the first Mexican published by that publishing house. I am a passionate teacher and consultant on LGBTTTI issues, migration, research, public policy and gender transversality.  I enjoy the company of my cats, my passion is to bake, and I have been sharing my life with a wonderful woman for the past 13 years with who I live every day the resistance and commitment to migrant issues and the LGBTTTI people.”