Lisette Garcia holds a PhD in experimental psychology from Tufts University. She has taught at Harvard and Columbia University and she later became a professor at John Jay College Of Criminal Justice. As a native of El Paso, Texas and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, her experience as a Mexican American women and human rights advocate has taken her to many different worlds: as a civil rights activist who worked directly with Maya Angelou and Coretta Scott King; as a psychologist for child soldiers in Liberia; as a prisoner’s advocate for the India prison system; and as a Buddhist scholar with over 20 years of practice and 4 years of silent meditation practice. She is also a percussionist and voting member of the Latin Recording Academy and has worked on numerous albums in Peru, Brazil, and the United States.
I AM THE FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WORLD MIGRATION FUND.
The World Migration Fund is dedicated to restoring dignity to the immigrant and migrant experience through education, advocacy and legal support services. We are committed to eliminating injustice by erasing the borders between ourselves and others through collecting, archiving and sharing stories of those experiences. We educate and organize in response to forced displacement resulting from climate catastrophe and seek sustainable solutions for our common futures.
I believe that we are all extraordinary in our own unique ways. And I use the term extraordinary ordinary because we may not be famous, but we matter — we are the essential.
Please share your story with me.