Staff

Amy Torres, Executive Director 

Amy Torres serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. In this position, they lead the NJAIJ coalition of over 42 member organizations and Alliance staff to direct the policy and organizational priorities. Prior to NJAIJ, Torres served for over seven years in immigrants’ rights policy advocacy and leadership in New York City, most recently as the Policy and Advocacy Director at the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC). They also bring strong experience in coalition-building and advocacy in low-income, immigrant, and Asian and Pacific American communities, and in grassroots organizing in Hudson County. Torres’s work ethos is informed by their experience as a second-generation Filipinx immigrant tracing their roots from the Philippines to New Jersey.

 

Viri Martinez, Movement Building Coordinator  

Viri Martinez is the Movement Building Coordinator with the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ). She is responsible for supporting NJAIJ’s members and partners through capacity-building and providing resources. Prior to becoming a staff member, she was a Policy Intern with NJAIJ where she was responsible for policy research, monitoring state legislative activity, and uplifting the work of coalition members. Viri graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Latino & Caribbean Studies from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and holds an Associate’s degree from Raritan Valley Community College.