General coordinator, Edith Méndez (She/Her)

Contact: coordinaciontrabajosocial@casaarcoiris.org

Graduate in Social Work with a community focus from the University of Guanajuato. She is a feminist, lesbian, IVE (Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy) companion, cyclist and party-goer. I have collaborated with different civil associations and institutions accompanying community organizational processes, attention to gender violence, community cultural management and social intervention with migrant populations, from indigenous peoples, LGBT+ and women in vulnerable situations.

 

 

Communication Coordinator, Natalia Torres (She/Her)

Contact: coordinacioncomunicacion@casarcoiris.org      

Graduate in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), Master in Regional Development from the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), I have focused the last few years on the analysis of international migration and collaborated with civil organizations that They work in the defense of human rights of the migrant population in Tijuana from the area of social communication. I believe in defense, in the fight and in the power of making visible.

 

 

Administrative Coordinator, Viridiana Zúñiga (She/Her)

Contact: direccionadministrativa@casaarcoiris.org 

Graduate in Public Administration and Political Science from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), Online Diploma on Racism and Xenophobia as seen from Mexico by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED); currently studying Law at the UABC. I have participated in various forums and spaces on gender perspective, feminism and violence against women. Collaborations with collectives and governmental institutions to create educational spaces and counseling for women in vulnerable situations. Areas of interest: gender perspective, electoral and party systems, transparency, government and administration, quality in public management and feminism.

 

 

Responsible for the Evening Shift, Fanny Hernández Martínez (She/Her)

Contact: turnonocturno_findesemana@casaarcoiris.org 

My name is Fanny Hernández Martínez, a trans woman originally from Acapulco, Guerrero. I love the beautiful port where I grew up, then I migrated to Tijuana where I was an activist for some years, I fought for the human rights of us trans women, I supported Víctor Clark Alfaro, Binational Director of Human Rights at that time. Later I was co-founder of the first Comprehensive Care Center for Trans People (Caipt A.C) we worked together with INMUJER. I studied a diploma in Theater and participated in a play that premiered at the Tijuana Cultural Center (Cecut) titled “Meztli-TRANSitar”, a biodrama about my life. My motto is “trans women are not born in the wrong bodies.” I was born a trans woman. From my childhood until today I continue to deconstruct myself. I consider myself a restless, measured person, good at listening and what I don’t know, I ask.

 

 

Night Shift Manager, Andrea Solís (Elle/ They/Them)

Contact: turnonocturno_findesemana@casaarcoiris.org 

TRANSdiciplinarie mutant creature. Graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Autonomous University of Baja California.  Has been experimenting for a few years in the construction of ─a little more─ safe spaces for the free sharing of knowledge, creative magic and the Dionysian rebellions of the diverse-dissident community (migrant and not) in Tijuana. At the moment, I am involved in the pedagogical exploration of action art with workshops and living laboratories, in addition to my current artistic practice.

 

 

Responsible for morning shift on weekends, Scarlett Benavides Méndez (She/Her)

Contact: turnonocturno_findesemana@casaarcoiris.org 

My name is Scarlett Benavides Méndez, border woman, bisexual, feminist and activist. Graduate in Psychology with a gender perspective. I have collaborated in different shelters in my hometown Tijuana as a workshop leader and providing psychotherapeutic support to women victims of gender violence and migrant childhoods. I am passionate about community work as well as collective struggles. Psychology will be feminist and queer or it will not be!

 

 

Responsible for evening shift on weekends, Ya’xk’in García (He/Him)

Contact: turnonocturno_findesemana@casaarcoiris.org 

My name is Ya’xk’in García Rodríguez, born on July 16, 1993, originally from the state of Puebla. Lic. in Philosophy. Son of political activists in favor of the rescue of our indigenous roots, knowledge and sacred territories. Based on the teachings of my mother and father, I began to participate in collective and community work at the age of 18. With groups in Tijuana, Oaxaca and Mexico City, as well as in Chile, in some in the development of community projects/workshops, with the intention of reweaving the social fabric broken by structural violence, I also collaborated in the reappropriation of spaces abandoned for political use in order to socialize knowledge and also in its politicization among the community. I currently participate in groups and organizations in support of the labor and humanitarian rights of undocumented people in the United States and Puerto Rico, creating workshops and talks that encourage in one way or another to counteract collective traumatization by transforming it into political action.

 

 

Operational Director, Andrea González (She/Her)

Contact: direccioncasaarcoiris@gmail.com

I have a degree in Social Work, a Master in Social Work with a mention in communities and territories, both degrees obtained at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile. Teaches in Gender Studies from the Colegio de México and has a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Colegio de la Frontera Norte. Professor, feminist and sexual dissidence activist.

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President and Co-Founder, Nicolasa Córdova (She/Her)

Non-public 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.

 

 

Secretary and Co-founder, Andrea Gaspar (Elle/They/ Them)

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

 

 

Treasurer and Co-Founder, Christopher Chambers (Elle/ They/ Them)

Non-public 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.

 

 

 

Vocal, Liliana Hueso (She/Her)

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences from the Jesuit University of 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, exhibiting photography, and making independent film screenings on both sides of the border. I am passionate about social justice, and through my photographs and videos I am able to make visible issues that affect segregated groups, especially with issues of women and the LGBTIQ community. As an activist on the border, my work maintains a perspective that is shown through my photographs and the stories captured.