José Ramón García-Madrid (B.A., Women’s Studies, 2014) was born in San Buenaventura, Chihuahua, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of two. He is currently a Leaders in Law and Community (LILAC) Fellow and JD student at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colorado.
Before beginning law school, José was a Legal Assistant at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona. A part of the Children's Program, José worked with detained minors facing removal proceedings.
Prior to working with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, José served as a researcher at the Center for Popular Democracy in Brooklyn, NY, where he partnered with various national and local organizations to develop progressive campaigns including free universal childcare and recreating the Harlem Kids Zone model in other cities. He also served in Washington, D.C, as a Public Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) under the Senator's immigration portfolio.
Growing up as an undocumented immigrant in Phoenix, Arizona informs José’s personal and professional commitments to social justice. Equally committed to work that empowers Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities who identify within LGB, Trans, Queer and Gender Non-Conforming communities, he currently works with organizations such as the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) to ensure immigrant and Latinx communities are a part of national strategies to end the HIV epidemic.