Yatziri Tovar was born in Mexico and migrated to New York City, where she has been living since the age of two. While trying to apply to college, she came face to face with the harsh reality of the U.S. broken immigration system. Being the first in her family to attend college was therefore not easy. This motivated Yatziri to become the co-founder and president of the CCNY Dream Team, a student club dedicated to empowering undocumented students to take action and bring awareness to the college campus. Yatziri lead workshops, rallies, interviews and worked to create a safe space for all students regardless of immigration status. Yatziri became a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient in 2013. She previously has worked as a college counselor helping immigrant youth navigate the college application process, interned at the office of a private immigration attorney and worked at the Consulate General of Mexico in New York. At the same time, she continued her advocacy work as a member of Make the Road New York (MRNY). As a member she spoke at various press conferences and rallies, including the 30,000+ person rally at Battery Park the weekend of the Muslim Ban in 2017. Bringing her experience of organizing within the immigrant community, understanding of the immigration legal system, and speaking out to demand justice for all people, regardless of color, gender, religion or where they were born, she joined MRNY’s team as the Media Specialist in 2018.

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