Ms. Velázquez has been actively organizing and advocating for immigrant’s rights since the Federal DREAM Act Campaign in 2010. Since its failure in Congress, she became involved with the youth lead organization United We Dream, where she was elected as a National Coordinator for the MidSouth Region of the country. During her time as National Coordinator, Ms. Velázquez actively engaged, advocated, and helped build a national immigrant youth movement, geared towards student activism. Her work ranged from writing and passing local city resolutions that help immigrant families, passing state laws like in-state tuition equity and building youth lead immigrant college chapters throughout the country.
In 2012 she helped develop the #Right2Dream Campaign, where Ms. Velázquez played a vital role in the immigration policy change we know as DACA. With six states under her supervision, she lead teams that helped thousands of dreamers apply for relief under DACA, including about 3,000 Arkansans.
Because of her work, Ms. Velázquez has received numerous prestigious recognitions, including “Dragon Slayer in Education Award”, “Arkansan of the Year” and “Arkansas Visionary”. Ms. Velázquez was also nominated by the White House in 2015 as a “DACA Teacher Champion of Change”.
Since 2015, Ms. Velázquez has actively served as Trustee of The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
During the 2019 Arkansas Legislative Session, Ms. Velázquez chaired the campaign that assured the passage of the Arkansas State DREAM Act and DACA Nurses, now laws.
She now works for the immigrant advocacy organization, Arkansas United, as the Advocacy Director with the major pillars of her work being direct state, federal and local advocacy, equity & inclusion and a black/brown power youth builders fellowship.
Ms. Velázquez loves spending time with her family, going fishing, trying out new foods and reading. She loves Huskies and resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.