JJ Jones

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JJ (ze/zir/they/them) was born and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados. JJ fled Barbados at the age of 16 in 2006 to escape the torture and persecution of LGBTQIA+ community members in persuit of safety and a sense of security. Upon arrival in the United States JJ was detained by ICE who intervened when JJ was going through customs accompanied by a flight attendant which led to JJ being caged in a detention facility for 3 days without food or water or access to communication. After multiple attempts to speak with an attorney, it is then that JJ sharpened their activism and advocacy skills.

JJ has an extensive and rich history rooted in abolition of working in communities at the intersections of domestic violence, Intimate Violence, and many forms of state violence. JJ previously held roles such as the Economic Empowerment Specialist with the New York City Anti-Violence Project, The New York City Chapter Lead Organizer and Research Hub Leader with the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP), Deputy Director at Black & Beyond The Binary Collective. Currently they are the Direct Service to Organizing Director at Unite Oregon and Co-Founder of Cosmic Pollinators Wellness Collective.

Over the past decade, JJ has been an innovative leader in HIV Prevention & Treatment fight, migrant rights, economic empowerment, and mental health access specifically for black LGBTQIA+ Migrants. In February 2021, JJ co-created the Cosmic Pollination Wellness Collective which aims to cultivate the mental health and resilience of social change-makers working actively to eliminate systems of racial and gender oppression across social movements. CPWC works to funnel direct healing and economic support to changemakers who serve as conduits of knowledge and resources in their communities and support their healing goals.

During their spare time, JJ enjoys hiking, plant walks, tending to their plant babies, cooking, baking, and “bussing a wine” and/or twerking (sometimes both at the same time) wherever! whenever!

Preferred Gender Pronouns 

ze/zir/they/them

Language(s) Spoken

English

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