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Maru Mora Villalpando

NWDC Resistance
Community Organizer
Maru Mora Villalpando is a community organizer and undocumented immigrant. She was born and raised in Mexico City. Since she was very young in Mexico, she was involved in protests and marches and supporting work stoppages or strikes. In the US, she has spent many years focusing on racial justice and immigrant rights. Currently, she leads the Northwest Detention Center Resistance, where the group’s main focus is to shutdown NWDC while gaining better treatment and conditions for all undocumented immigrants held in the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, WA. Unlike many other undocumented immigrants, she has been an outspoken activist and has been upfront about staying in the United States after her tourist visa expired. And, in December 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement put her in deportation hearings. Despite these challenges, Mora Villalpando is undeterred and continues her advocacy work. She was recently selected as the 2018 Globalist of the Year at the Seattle Globalist’s Fifth Globie Awards Celebration. When asked how she would describe herself, she replied “single mom and community organizer.”