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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." -Desmond Tutu
Nayelly is co-founder of Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley (ATARGV), a boots-on-the-ground, grassroots organization that provides a variety of support and resources to individulas seeking asylum in the United States. The Angry Tias and Abuelas won the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
As part of her responsibilities with ATARGV she has provided asisstance and resources to refugees at bus stations and at the refugee encampment in Mexico, transported refugees to shelters, bus stations, and airports, provided basic hygeine products, food, clothing and other essentials to asylum-seekers at international port of entry bridges along the U.S./Mexico border (Reynosa/Hidalgo and Matamoros/Brownsville), and, most importantly, shared conversations and time with many of the refugees.
Additionally, she has presented at local, regional, state, and national conferences, collaborated with other social justice and nonprofit organizations, organized action events such as demonstrations and protests, managed Giving Tuesday fundraising, developed social media and website content, among other things.
Currently, she primarily manages online affairs for ATARGV.