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Odilia Romero will deliver her lecture, “Indigenous Immigrants in a Time of Intolerance.”

LocationTaylor Hall, Room 203

Odilia Romero will deliver her lecture “Indigenous Immigrants in a Time of Intolerance.” This lecture highlights the experience and struggles of Ms. Romero, and outlines how activists can create transnational grassroots organizations to address the needs of Indigenous immigrants in the US—a constituency often neglected by state institutions in the US, Mexico, and Guatemala. As the first woman to become the General Binational Coordinator of the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations (FIOB) in Los Angeles, California, Ms. Romero, a Zapotec speaker, organized health fairs, parenting workshops, and leadership institutes to serve indigenous families. Ms. Romero also works as a court translator and helps organize translator efforts for indigenous defendants. More recently, she helped raise funds for K'iche’ and Kaqchikel Maya translators who assisted with the reunification of Guatemalan children with their parents after they were separated when they crossed the US border as asylum seekers.

Odilia Romero, a native speaker of Zapotec from Zoogocho, Oaxaca, is an indefatigable indigenous rights activist who has demonstrated exceptional creativity, drive and talent through a diversity of projects that provide social, economic, and legal assistance to tens of thousands of indigenous immigrants in Southern California. Beside her leadership role in FIOB, her service as court translator and her advocacy in favor of Zapotec language revitalization, she is the chief officer of a micr0-loans organization, Entrepreneurial Credit (CREE), served as Project Coordinator of the Institute of Social Change Across Borders in UCLA’s Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, and also as the Los Angeles Office Manager of the Binational Center for Indigenous Development in Oaxaca.

Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty, Anthropology Department, Political Science Department, Sociology Department, and Programs in Women’s Studies, and International Studies.

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