Viri Martinez (she/they) is the Manager of Member Empowerment at the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ). Martinez supports NJAIJ’s members and the larger immigrant justice movement through capacity-building efforts, and by providing resources that empower communities. Prior to becoming a staff member, Martinez was a Policy Intern with NJAIJ where they were responsible for policy research, monitoring state legislative activity, and uplifting the work of coalition members. Martinez studied Public Policy and Latino & Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and is also a proud graduate of Raritan Valley Community College.
What grounds you in immigrant justice work?
Being in community and in relationship with immigrant folk grounds me in the fight for immigrant justice. I want the very best for the people I love and the people in my community, and that means ensuring that there are policies that protect and empower immigrants.
What is your favorite NJAIJ memory?
My favorite NJAIJ memory was recruiting artists to make posters for our 2022 Immigrant Heritage Month rally. It was a lovely experience getting to work with artists that have beautiful creative visions.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson and Dominicana by Angie Cruz
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