Jennaya Dunlap, Deportation Defense Coordinator

Jennaya DunlapJennaya Dunlap was raised in Southern California, and has lived in the Inland Empire for most of the past 15 years. She grew up in Southern California in an abusive home, leading her to find refuge and support in the local immigrant community as a teenager. As she became aware of the systemic abuses and injustice faced by immigrants, especially in communities of color, the fight for justice and liberation became a lifelong passion. She spent ten years volunteering with the Inland Empire rapid response network and with the Coalition before joining the ICIJ staff in 2017.
As the Deportation Defense Coordinator, Jennaya works to stop deportations, support directly impacted families, build legal response capacity, and to coordinate and strengthen the volunteer Emergency Response Network. She is a queer woman and mother of two young children, with whom she spends most of her free time, alongside creating art, enjoying music, and continuing to learn.