Amanda Chávez Barnes

Deputy Director / Director of National Membership

Amanda leads USHRN’s efforts to deepen national member engagement with frontline communities across the U.S and strengthen internal systems out of the Atlanta office.  As an educator and organizer for migrants’ rights, racial justice, and education justice Amanda has worked to advance the human rights of children and youth for over a decade. In 2005, Amanda founded the Mexican American Student Alliance, organizing hundreds of students at colleges across the state of Georgia to fight back against police harassment, criminalization, and anti-migrant policies. Prior to joining USHRN staff, Amanda worked as an educator in Oklahoma. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and African & African Diaspora Studies from Kennesaw State University. Her movement inspirations include: Anna Julia Cooper, Las Adelitas de Aztlán, Octavia E. Butler, James Baldwin, and Chavela Vargas. She represents USHRN on the Southern Movement Assembly Governance Council.


Twitter: @chavezbarnes