Maria Cordero is a policy & advocacy strategist at the ACLU of Texas, where she works to organize immigrant communities in the border region. Maria has been with the organization since 2014, when she started documenting human rights abuses in the Rio Grande Valley.
Maria recruits, educates, and trains organizers in and around Brownsville, especially in the most vulnerable areas, like colonias and immigrant shelters. Originally from Durango, Mexico, Maria came to the Rio Grande Valley as an immigrant. She is a longtime community organizer, who became known as an activist through her work organizing women in situations of domestic violence, helping them get access to legal advice and Violence Against Women Act visas. She is based in Brownsville, Texas.