Policy & Communications Associate
Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)
Vanessa Terán is a Mexican-American, LGBT+, social justice, language access and human rights political advocate. They joined the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project in the summer of 2013. At MICOP, Vanessa previously oversaw programming in youth advocacy and higher education, adult education and literacy, indigenous migrant culture, women’s workforce development, indigenous language services, language preservation, indigenous reproductive justice and programming on early childhood education. They currently serve as Policy and Communications Associate for MICOP, with a focus on health access, public charge and environmental justice policies. Through their work at MICOP, they envision a strong indigenous immigrant community, actively engaged to achieve just working and living conditions, equality, and full human rights in the broader community. Vanessa is from Oxnard, CA and a graduate of Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.