Renée De Jesus grew up in South Phoenix, Arizona, and received her JD from the City University of New York Law School where she was part of the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic (INRC) and Creating Law Enforcement Accountability Responsibility (CLEAR) organization. Renée was privileged to be able to contribute to the work of INRC and CLEAR which allowed her to delve further into areas of immigration, national security, and the many other issues that non-citizens are forced to endure as a result of U.S. colonialism. Renée is a proud Xicana and, growing up, she spent many summers with her family in Los Mochis located in Sinaloa, Mexico where she was able to develop most of her fluency in Spanish. In her spare time, Renée enjoys reading across many topics including about the prison industrial complex and abolition, and she strives to become re-connected to the movement and organizers here in Phoenix after being away for almost 8 years. One of her favorite quotes is: “Rest is a form of resistance because it disrupts and pushes back against capitalism and white supremacy.” — The Nap Ministry
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