Our Team

United Voices for Newcomer Rights has a team of interpreters, translators, community advocates, staff members, board members, and community advisors who all work together to help run the organization 

Our team of experienced community leaders come from various countries across the world, including, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Burundi, Egypt, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo and more. They speak over 8 languages, including Dari, Pashto, French, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Arabic, Spanish and more. Many were once newcomers themselves, and some were even past participants in Refugee and Immigrant Welling Project. 

The United Voices for Newcomer Rights Board of Directors brings expertise from many different fields and variety of experiences with the newcomer community in Albuquerque. The provide direction and guidance to the staff and oversee the program implementation and financials of the organization.

UVNR has a Community Advisory Council that meets quarterly to discuss various areas of the program. The advisors also represent various agencies working with refugees in Albuquerque, past participants, and other experienced individuals. This council has representatives from all of the nationalities we work with.

Staff

Indica Simpson

Program Manager

Dilara Rijabi

Financial Coordinator

Farida Ibrahim

Community Advocate

Reda Elkomy

Community Advocate

Tasawer Yosufzai

Community Advocate

Litzy Miranda

Community Advocate

Mariana Santos Lezama

Community Advocate

Danielle Parker

Co-Executive Director

Mohammed Alkwaz

Senior Community Advocate

Sara Deewa

Refugee and Immigrant Well-being Project (RIWP) Coordinator

Martin Ndayisenga

Senior Community Advocate

Rachel Mwadi

Community Advocate

Suha Amer

Evaluation Coordinator

Ryeora Choe

Co-Executive Director

Board

Phoebe Roderick

Phoebe Roderick

Board Member
Antonio Brandon Baca

Antonio Brandon Baca

President
Peri Pakroo

Peri Pakroo

Secretary
Grace Allison

Grace Allison

Board Member
Hussam Amer

Hussam Amer

Board Member
Jessica Goodkind

Jessica Goodkind

Board Member
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