Jamila is a queer first generation Tunisian Arab American woman of color community organizer & social worker from the south, now based in NYC. She is a founder and Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. She is a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with a degree in Community Organizing Social Work, with a specialization in Immigrants and Refugees. She is currently on the advisory board of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a project of United We Dream (UWD). She comes to this work with a background in reproductive justice, working to center woman, specifically trans and queer, of color’s voices in movements, and witnessing the impacts of migration and racism in her formative years in Texas.