Diana Torres-Valverde is the New Mexico Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a double major in Latin American History and Black Studies. Her study of Latin American revolutions and black people’s struggle for equal rights in the United States and throughout the world instilled within her a commitment to social justice work.

This led her to work as a community organizer in an immigrant community in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While there she fought alongside immigrant women to fund adult education classes, defend undocumented immigrants right to driver’s licenses, and maintain college scholarships for New Mexico high school graduates. Her community organizing background now inspires her work at IPS, where she is especially interested in immigrant and women rights issues.


Coming Out of the Shadows

Many eligible undocumented immigrants aren’t seeking deportation relief.

The Visa Curse

Thousands of legal U.S. immigrants are stuck choosing between living here with their spouses or staying behind and pursuing their careers.

Obama’s Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

All the undocumented farm workers who harvest our food deserve a chance to live without fear of deportation.

It Takes a Mentor

I paid less than $10,000 to earn my college degree from a top-ranked school.

The Fight to Keep Toxic Mining—and the World Bank—Out of El Salvador

Hundreds of protesters recently gathered at the World Bank to shame a gold mining firm’s shakedown of one of Central America’s poorest countries.

The Other Immigrant Youth Crisis

Some Republicans want to end an Obama directive that lets undocumented teens and young adults temporarily work, study, and live legally in the United States.

A Promising but Precarious New Normal for the Young and Undocumented

A two-year-old executive order has helped thousands of undocumented young people plan for their future, but their plans could be erased with the stroke of a pen.

The Latest Crack in Our Broken Immigration System

Undocumented immigrants who arrive as children may be well into their 40s before they get a green card.

Fasting to Pierce the Silence from Congress on Immigration

Women are joining together in creative ways to call for more sensible immigration policies.

Restaurant Industry Pay: Taxpayers’ Double Burden

New report shows that while restaurant executives are fighting living wages for their workers, they’re also benefiting from tax subsidies for their own pay.

New Mexico Fellow

    Higher Education, Immigrant Women's Rights, Immigration Reform, Inequality, Labor Rights, Latin America

    Taxpayers are subsidizing CEO pay

    CNN Money | April 24, 2014

    Nation slips as taxpayers must pay what CEOs avoid

    The Seattle Times | April 23, 2014