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Document Details


Title: Jimenez, Maria
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: Ms. Jiménez describes her work as director of the Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project (ILEMP) and explains the background and purpose of its parent organization, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). She discusses ILEMP's funding, budget, goals and operations and how its collection of data on human rights abuses has impacted immigration policy and law; she refers repeatedly to the Ezekiel Hernández case and its effect on the U.S. policy of using military troops on the U.S.-Mexico border. In speaking of her family, Ms. Jiménez relates the effects her activism has had on her personal life and her children, and describes her parents' support for education and her early exposure to political activism. She also talks of the race and gender discrimination she experienced in school and discusses her participation in MAYO (Mexican American Youth Organization) while a student at the University of Houston. Ms. Jiménez speaks about campaigning as a La Raza Unida candidate for Houston city council and how that party and the Democratic party interacted during the race. She describes her work history and involvement in union organizing activities. She also expresses her views on the inequities of immigration policy, especially its economic aspects, and on Mexican American leadership and its future.
Extent: 45 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_096.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Jimenez, Maria, 1950-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 2-Aug-1950
Age at speaking: 48
Document location: Houston, TX
Document date: 14-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Locations discussed: Houston, TX; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Children; Education; Emigration and immigration; Emigration and immigration law--United States; Family; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American leadership; Houston, TX; Human rights; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Racism; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000212-157