Reyna Araibi is an activist from Tucson, Arizona. As an nth generation Mexican- American, first generation Lebanese-American and native resident of the borderlands, she developed a passion for social justice work where human rights and immigration intersect. In 2013, Reyna became a founding member of the Colibri Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit working to end migrant death and related suffering on the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work helped develop a voice for Colibri, writing and interfacing with diverse audiences to raise consciousness around the crisis on the border. In 2015, Reyna graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona Honors College with a B.S. in Public Management and Policy. Her honors thesis, “Human Rights on the U.S.-Mexico Border: The Work of Cultivating Imagined Empathy”, grew out of her advocacy work and explored the role of storytelling in human rights activism. She hopes to pursue a career in human rights law.
Updated May 2016
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John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2016
In the essays, the Fellows write about their experiences in the John Lewis program, delving into personal aspects of their own identities – such as national, ethnic, gender, racial or religious – and reveal ways in which participation in the program has shaped their personal outlooks.