Tania Chavez is an Immigration and Civil Rights advocate in the Rio Grande Valley.
Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Tania Chavez at the age of eight moved to Reynosa, Tamaulipas where her parents started a business that has been the source of income for her family. Tania arrived at McAllen, Texas at age 14 as an undocumented immigrant. Chavez graduated as a member of the National Honor Society from McAllen High School. As an undocumented student and beneficiary of the Texas DREAM Act, Tania obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance, a master’s in business administration and a master’s in communication studies from the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA).
Tania’s story was first published in 2010 when she lived in the shadows as Camila in the scholarly article Understanding and Supporting Undocumented Students. Since committing to storytelling as a way of changing the hearts of the public about immigration policy, Chavez’s story has been published in the book Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream, the documentary America Divided: Out of Reach, and other news articles including Trapped in Texas: Tens of thousands of immigrants are stuck in the borderlands. As the first DREMer in the RGV to share her story on national outlets like CNN, MSNBC, Politico and others, Chavez’s story and work have helped paved the way for undocumented DREAMers to become advocates of the immigrant movement in their community.
Tania arrived at La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) in 2012 as a Youth Organizer & Service Provider, with the hope of harnessing the talents, abilities, and determination of RGV youth. She continues to consult for LUPE as a strategist by finding funding sources and implementing plans of action for the long-term sustainability of the organization. Tania is determined to continue the fight for immigration relief of 11 million undocumented immigrants. Tania has served in multiple roles at LUPE, Youth Organizer, Special Project Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, Strategist, and most recently Director of Management Analysis where she works on finding funding sources and supports long-term sustainability strategy efforts for LUPE and all affiliate organizations.