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Our Team

Bruno Y. Hinojosa Ruiz

Co-Director
Bruno Y. Hinojosa Ruiz, I was born in Mexico City, from an early age I had a passion to help my people. Residing in Asheville for two decades, “the mountains” in North Carolina, where I have grown and learned from many people and at the same time undoing certain harmful norms that have been passed down from generation (Machismo, patriarchy, homophobia, etc.) knowing that I still have a lot of work to do and at the same time I have the of starting from my home out to the external world. First generation immigrant, from working immigrant parents who continue teaching me much about compassion, hard and laborious sacrifice to strive on a daily. I like nature and history, history because it’s important to know not only where you come from, but also how one connects with other minds and words. I begin organizing in North Carolina in 2010 as an undocumented person with Nuestro Centro, a grassroots organization that was my organizing home for years; there I learned ways to defend my community. I believe in the knowledge and leadership that people bring from their experiences and from movements that they have been part of. In 2013, I was given the opportunity to be CIMA’s Co-Director, since than I follow the vision and mission of protect, create spaces for organizing communities and defend ourselves against poli-migra (local law enforcement and ICE) and anti-immigrant laws.

Ernesto A. Tocoa

Hotline Coordinator
My name is Ernesto A. Tocoa, I am originally from the State of Veracruz, Mexico. I was born on September 18, 1980. I studied in different schools because my father was a teacher for over 35 years in which I could share with different communities, which became part of me. At the age of 17-18 I came to live at the Mexican border of CD Juarez, Chihuahua, working for an automotive parts company. Currently, I reside in Asheville NC for 20 years and this is where I formed a family with a great woman, we have 3 children who we educate with values and love. I work in the construction branch and I am part of helping the immigrant community for 7 years and it is something I like to do.

Ilse Y. Ramirez Garcia

Coordinator and organizer for outreach and Verifiers
Ilse Yahely Ramirez Garcia was born in Hidalgo, Mexico in 1993 at the early age of 3 years old for the same reason many families have to leave their home country the lack of money and opportunities. She was raised in Asheville, NC and attend her local Elementary School, Middle and High School. Graduated Erwin High School in 2012 then attended Kings College in Charlotte, NC, graduating with my Associates in Applied Science (AAS) and Diploma in Graphic Design in 2013 being the first generation in her family brought to the US to graduate with a High School/College Diploma. Ilse has been a DACA recipient since 2012 and is now being threatened by the current president. Ilse is a Dreamer! Ilse and her family own a family business in their community where her parents, brothers and she have grown and prospered to have that American Dream. Ilse’s life mission is to keep building her family’s business, so her family is set for long term. So, one day she can have her own family and then work and care for them. She wants to keep working for her community, friends and family and fight against ICE, racist and White Supremacy. She believes that together everything is possible. “My parents didn’t come to this country to see me fail, they came to see strive and prosper the way they couldn’t back in Mexico and that’s what they will get.” Ilse joined CIMA as the coordinator and organizer for outreach and Verifiers. Also taking on a second job at HENCO Reprographics, a locally owned business in downtown Asheville. On her free time, she likes to go out and dance, hiking and traveling. She enjoys spending time with her friends and more than anyone her family. Her dream is that one day everyone will see each other as one, that racism minimizes, and the laws stop separating families all over the country and that white supremacy is no more. She hopes that one day she can do much more for her community and become a Immigration Lawyer.

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