Roxana Bendezú was born in Lima, Perú. She migrated to the United States in 1999. In 2013 she collaborated with the Office of Migration and Refugees of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC to mobilize Catholic parishioners in key districts to advocate for immigrants’ rights. In 2015 she accepted a position as the Associate Director for Organizing and Leadership Development at Hope Border Institute in El Paso, Texas to work on strengthening binational collaboration particularly between faith and social justice communities.
Roxana is currently working on developing a new digital platform to collect and convey the perspectives of migrants on the causes of their migration, as well as the difficult struggles of people to stay and thrive in their homes and on their lands.
Roxana has served in various organizations, including Charlotte’s local Sierra Club executive committee, Democracy North Carolina board of directors and School of the America’s Watch national council. She also supported the foundation of the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee in El Paso, Texas.