Over the past ten years, Enrique Arturo Orozco-Perez has served as a community advocate and organizer in Compañeros, Durango Rapid Response Network, La Plata County Food Coalitions, and Four Corners Mutual Aid Network. His involvement in organizing demonstrations to raise awareness about immigration issues and policies in La Plata County complements his lived experience and enthusiasm for the challenging and transformational work of social justice, and informs specialized knowledge in systems change and social advocacy work. He is passionate about and experienced in leading others and collaborating toward a common goal. He takes sincere and humble ownership of this work, and is both a leader and a lifelong learner—there’s always more learning and unlearning to do.
Growing up as a person of color in an immigrant family allowed Enrique to develop a lens on the importance of social equity and justice for people of marginalized communities. His career and advocacy work have been shaped by the experience of living in systems of oppression and power, and he knows first-hand the barriers continually set up to perpetuate a system that favors those in power and privilege. This is not just his career, but his life’s work, and he has continuously worked to defend the civil liberties and rights of his community and others through advocacy, education, and collaboration. Enrique has been humbled and honored to work and learn from mentors and organizations who continue this fight for LGBTQIA+, Native/Indigenous, and Black communities’ rights.