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The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) is led by a steering committee comprised of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

These leaders provide political and gender analysis of state and federal immigration debates as well as comment on the experiences of immigrant women and their families.

For a full list of coalition members, click here.

Miriam Yeung
Executive Director, NAPAWF

“Immigrant mothers are vilified and dehumanized in this debate through inhumane policy proposals and derogatory messages,”  “These attacks on women’s humanity are too often left unchallenged, and serve to further expose the anti-woman, anti-human rights agenda of these lawmakers.”

Miriam W. Yeung, MPA, is the Executive Director of NAPAWF.  Prior to this position, Miriam had a ten year career at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City, where she was most recently the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations. In that position, she was responsible for the advocacy, community education and government relations work of the Center – including Promote the Vote, one of the country’s oldest and largest LGBT voter education and mobilization projects, and Causes in Common, a national project which seeks to build working alliances between the reproductive rights and LGBT liberation movements.

Prior to that position, Miriam provided direct services in the Center’s Youth Enrichment Services Program for seven years and was the driving force behind its Safe Schools Campaign, which seeks to erase hate and homophobia from schools through the empowerment, training and support of youth leaders. Miriam has also co-produced a documentary about the queer youth community of NYC entitled “I Look Up to the Sky Now.”

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the projects of Brooklyn, Miriam is a proud queer, Asian American, immigrant woman activist who is committed to social justice movement building. Miriam received her Master’s in Public Administration at Baruch College and her B.A. in psychology/pre-med at NYU.

Jessica González-Rojas
Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health and rights for Latinas.  Jessica spearheads the research, field organizing, and advocacy operations in the New York headquarters as well as the Washington DC policy office, and is a national spokesperson and leading national advocate for Latinas.  She has been a member of the strategic management team at NLIRH for five years, where she played a pivotal role in establishing the organization as a leading voice for Latinas in national policy discussions in Washington DC and in targeted states, and where she forged new partnerships with allied movements such as immigration, sexual health and rights, and anti-violence. 

Jessica is a regular presence in national and local media outlets.  She was honored by El Diario/La Prensa, the nation’s oldest and largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, as one of 2009’s “Mujeres Destacadas” (Women of Honor).  She is a regular contributor to El Diario/La Prensa on pressing reproductive health issues in the Latina community, as well as a regular media voice in local and national outlets such as National Public Radio, the Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC-FM), the Boston Globe and the New York Times.

Jessica frequently speaks about the National Latina Institute’s work at national conferences, and provides policy expertise including testimony at congressional briefings.  Jessica provided content for the groundbreaking publication, “Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change”, contributed an NLIRH publication in the anthology, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd Edition (Routledge Press, 2010) and served as an Advisory Member for the publication of Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

Jessica is a long-time leader in community and electoral politics. She was elected to the New York State Democratic Committee for the 39th Assembly District from 2002-2006, representing the diverse communities of Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst and Woodside.   The New York State Senate and Assembly awarded her a Proclamation for Community Leadership in 2003.  She also served as a community liaison in two district offices of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velasquez through a leadership program sponsored by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).
Jessica has held leadership roles in numerous local and national organizations that promotes social justice advocacy.  She served on the Board of Directors of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a New York City-based non-profit whose mission is to ensure that immigrants can build social, political and economic power.   She is a featured expert for the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), and an Advisory Member of the Women of Color Policy Network (WOCPN). She has also served as a board member for Medical Students for Choice.

Jessica is an Adjunct Professor of Latino and Latin American Studies at the City University of New York’s City College and has taught courses on reproductive rights, gender and sexuality.  Jessica holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University, where she graduated cum laude.  She recently completed the Columbia University Business School Institute for Not-for-Profit Management. 

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