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Gabriela Castaneda – Supports Bridges and Hugs on U.S.-Mexico Border

By on March 30, 2017 9:25 pm

Hero’s name: Gabriela Castaneda

Home city: El Paso, Texas

Organization affiliation: Border Network for Human Rights

How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world?

“Unfortunately this harsh border policy is taking us apart….What we need is family reunification, what we need is bridges, not walls.”

— Gabriela Castaneda

“Gabriela Castaneda serves the El Paso border community as the communications director, an organizer and a ‘Know Your Rights’ instructor with the Border Network for Human Rights.

Gabriela helps the community understand how they are protected under the Fourth and Fifth amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

(The Fourth Amendment governs when a law enforcement official can enter a person’s home. The Fifth Amendment grants a person the right to silence, especially in the presence of authorities.)

Castaneda has been featured in Fusion and Al-Jazerra for her work.

She also recently helped organize the ‘Hugs Not Walls’ event on the U.S.-Mexico border, where families, who are separated because of a harsh immigration policy, are able to embrace for 3 minutes on the border.

Honored by: Cemelli de Aztlan 

Note: This profile is part of Equal Voice News’ special Cesar Chavez Day Community Heroes edition. These submissions were edited for clarity.

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