Hope is a recent graduate of the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University, where she earned a Master’s of Social Work degree with a concentration in Community Practice. She is the Executive Director and Lead Organizer of the Waco Immigrants Alliance. Since March 2011, Hope Mustakim has been a member and co-leader of the community-led advocacy group, when her husband was unexpectedly detained and nearly deported. Through Hope’s relentless grassroots organizing, her husband’s case was dropped and he returned home after 10 months of detention in a for-profit detention facility. Through this experience, Hope was thrown head-first into the world of immigration and criminal justice policy, and has since been an active members of Grassroots Leadership, Detention Watch Network, and other coalitions and organizations.
While learning the detailed stories of hundreds of fellow immigrants along their journey, (and the hundreds of thousands of families devastated each year), a passion was born in Hope for community organizing, specifically around immigration and criminal criminal justice reform. Hope is a passionate voice and activist for justice and reform in the Heart of Texas region while also filling the role of doting parent of her two young children. In her free time, Hope enjoys dancing, reading, hosting friends, and frequenting the parks and river front spots in her adopted “hometown” of Waco, TX. Hope was honored to join the Grassroots Leadership Board in mid 2016, and she currently serves as the Governance Committee Chair.