Roberto Alejandro Lopezis a Community Outreach Coordinator in the Racial and Economic Justice program at the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP). He is based in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley (RGV) situated along the Southern Border. As an outreach coordinator, Roberto leads the REJ program’s advocacy work for RGV landowners affected by border wall construction and for asylum seekers affected by the Trump administration’s ever shifting anti-immigrant and anti-asylum policies.
In the past year, his work has centered on a series of campaigns to end the ongoing expulsions of immigrant children, Border Patrol detention conditions, and the “Remain in Mexico” program. Through these campaigns, he has worked to coordinate across national, state and local partners to coordinate story-telling and collective actions for immigrant families, and to activate members of Congress to spur forth oversight and investigation into immigration policies in South Texas. Prior to his work at TCRP Roberto was a high-school math teacher. He studied engineering at Cornell University, and is presently an aspiring human-rights attorney.Roberto is a proud native of the Rio Grande Valley, where he currently lives in McAllen, TX.