Jacque came to the U.S. from Mexico City, Mexico. In 1997, she became the first lesbian Mexican to win Asylum to the U.S. based on her sexual orientation. Since her arrival to the U.S., Jacque has worked to promote the Human Rights and civil rights of LGBTQI immigrants, refugees, and undocumented people all her adult life. She is known for her work with the City of Seattle on race equality, LGBTQI rights, women’s rights, indigenous rights, immigrants and refugees and the arts.
By day, Jacque works at Seattle Counseling Service (SCS) – the oldest LGBTQI agency of its kind in the world – conducting research on the barriers faced by immigrants, refugees and undocumented LGBTQI people to access behavioral health services. By night, she performs around the Northwest with her band Revolver Rock and continues to work to advance the Human Rights of all peoples, all the time.
Currently, Jacque is launching SCS's Immigrant, Refugee and Undocumented Outreach Project. This project will seek to eliminate the barriers that currently prevent LGBTQI people from accessing behavioral healthcare services in Seattle as well as offer trainings on LGBTQ needs to organizations that work with the itnernational community.
AsylumConnect is extremely excited to have Jacque on our advisory team.
Subhi Nahas has over five years experience in various fields encompassing graphic design, translation, editing, and project management. In addition to working for ORAM, Mr. Nahas volunteers for many other causes he believes in. He is also co-founder and editor at Mawaleh Magazine and LGBT Arabi where he supervises design, communications, and social media marketing. Mr. Nahas is an outspoken activist for LGBTQI rights. He has volunteered extensively toward the prevention of sexual and gender based violence. Mr. Nahas studied Information Technology as well as English Translation.
Mr. Nahas, a Syrian refugee himself, shared his courageous story with Ambassador Samantha Power and others at the first United Nations Security Council meeting on LGBT rights.
AsylumConnect is thrilled to have Mr. Nahas on our advisory team.
In addition to teaching, he combines his experience in academia and operations, as principal and founder of Solutions International, providing independent management consulting, facilitation and training to philanthropic institutions, non profit organizations and government entities. His areas of expertise including designing and facilitating large group, task-focused strategic planning, board governance, staff internal communications and performance, and resource development.
AsylumConnect very much looks forward to learning from Fernando's experience and expertise.
Micheal Ighodaro joined AVAC in the fall of 2014 as a Program and Policy Assistant. He supports AVAC’s program activities including maintaining contact with grantees and providing technical and administrative support for special projects and strategic initiatives. Micheal Ighodaro is a passionate advocate for LGBTI rights and HIV prevention. Originally from Nigeria, Micheal had to flee his country after he was attacked due to his sexual orientation and work. Prior to joining AVAC, Micheal worked in HIV prevention and care for the LGBTI community around Africa for many years. He has also worked with Housing Works and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in New York. Micheal was honored by President Obama as a refugee Champion of Change. Micheal is a member of several HIV/LGBT advocacy groups around Africa. He has spoken before the United Nations, the US Congress and State Department. His work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, New York Times and several UN news outlets. Micheal is currently a student of The City University of New York.
AsylumConnect is confident that Micheal's personal experiences and extensive advocacy work will prove incredibly valuable.
Katie Belanger works with nonprofits and for profits, boards and staff teams, and coalitions and campaigns to align around a shared mission, build robust implementation plans, engage and develop leaders, and deliver real successes to the communities we serve through her business, Katie B. Strategies.
Katie has nearly 15 years of experience in advocacy and politics, wearing many hats, including president and CEO, executive director, COO, board chair, trainer, facilitator, spokesperson, lobbyist, fundraiser, scheduler, and organizer. She was the President & CEO of Fair Wisconsin, the Badger state’s LGBT advocacy organization, where she helped secure groundbreaking legal protections for same-sex couples and transgender Wisconsinites. She has also been a successful fundraiser for multi-million dollar issue and grassroots advocacy organizations like Advancing Wisconsin and political campaigns including U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin's congressional reelection campaigns.
She is a Past Chair of the Equality Federation Board of Directors, the strategic partner to state-based LGBT advocacy organizations; President of the Wisconsin Progress Institute Board of Directors, an organization dedicated to training and supporting local elected officials in Wisconsin; and, the Chief Operating Officer and Director of LGBT University at Freedom for All Americans, the national campaign focused on securing nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans.
Katie is a proud geek, and is constantly following the latest trends in technology, email management, productivity systems, cloud collaboration tools, photography, and all things Apple, and is very happy to help offer an app for whatever problem you are trying to solve.
AsylumConnect is very excited to learn from Katie's extensive experience in nonprofit management, capacity building, fundraising, and advocacy.
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