Karla Juarez has served as the Executive Director of AIRR since September of 2020. She was born in Chihuahua Mexico and raised in New Mexico. Karla Graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors in political science and has a background in business management. Karla’s lived experience navigating the immigration process has given her the insight and courage to fight for immigrant justice alongside her community. Karla has been involved in multiple campaigns pushing for an immigration reform since she was 15 years old . Immigration is her life and passion, as she witnessed first hand the injustices the immigrant, undocumented community faces.
As Executive Director, Karla hopes to implement a grassroots fundraising strategy and continue to empower the immigrant community to be their own voices by creating leadership opportunities for the community and building a grassroots movement that is committed to immigrant justice.
Rubi Perez Community Organizer
Rubi Perez Vazquez was born in Mexico City, Mexico and migrated to Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 9. She graduated from Van Horn High School in the Independence School District, and is now in her second year at Donnelly College. After attending Anytown KC in 2019, she recognized that there was a lack of education and representation of the undocumented community in her school district. Rubi started her organizing journey by leading presentations for staff on Personal Development days about “DACA-mented vs Undocumented” and “institutionalized racism in schools.” She continues exploring her passions in organizing, advocating for student and immigrant rights, and her culture through her engagement in her community. She shows this as Co-Founder and Co-President of a student-led organization called Students for Social Justice at Donnelly College, and through her small business, Rubi’s Raspados KC. Rubi’s ultimate goal is to someday open her own Ice cream shop and have it be a safe community space for all.