Beatriz Hernandez is the Central Valley Organizing Fellow at the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC). Based in Merced, her role is to foster partnerships with organizations and coalitions in the Central Valley and Sacramento to enhance and expand CIPC’s presence in the Central California region.
Previously, Beatriz worked as Census Outreach Educator at the Education and Leadership Foundation, where she dedicated her time to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 census count of immigrant individuals and families from rural communities in the Central Valley. Beyond her title, Beatriz also participated in community food distributions, assisted undocumented immigrant families in applying for COVID-19 relief funds, and formed and led a virtual deep canvassing team for a project on medical expansion to undocumented immigrants with CIPC.
Beatriz is a proud UC Merced alumna where she obtained her BA in Sociology. While in college, Beatriz established an animal rights club and became a campus representative for PETA.
In this space, she engaged students and faculty in animal rights topics through food giveaways, pledge campaigns, screening documentaries, and handing out leaflets. Also, Beatriz partnered with the campus dining center to implement more vegan-friendly food options and collaborated with Vegan Outreach to showcase virtual reality footage. She then got involved with Building Healthy Communities (BHC) in South Sacramento, where she became inspired by the power in community organizing from community residents who came from low-income communities like her family. Then, Beatriz became a fellow with Immigrants Rising and facilitated and led many presentations at conferences, schools, and public venues like the local swap meets on resources for undocumented students and their families. During her last semester, she conducted qualitative research on deportation, where she examined how the effects of parental deportation on young adults vary by citizenship and legal status.
Born in Mexico and migrated to the United States at 12, her upbringing and lived experiences have shaped her passion for working towards a just and compassionate society for humans and animals alike. In her spare time, you can find her exploring all-vegan restaurants and spending quality time with her family, partner, and adopted fur baby Benson.