My name is Josefina Nury Riggs. I arrived in United States from Venezuela on July 4, 1995, with my son Zydlei who was 3 years old. We lived in El Paso, Texas for over a year and then moved to Troutdale, Oregon.
My son and I went through many circumstances and obstacles, and it was a difficult time for us. I met my husband Bill while living in Gresham and after several years of being together, we decided to move to Redmond.
Since arriving in the US, I have worked as a volunteer at Head Start, Cascade Aids Project (Apoyo Latino) and Catholic Charities. While living in Central Oregon, I became an activist for CAUSA, Jobs with Justice, Strong Voice and I am a Board member of Rural Organizing Project (ROP).
I began working as a Personal Support Worker and a member of SEIU local 503. I have participated in different activities related to the union and the rights of people who, like me, volunteer to aid people with disabilities. In my case, I have spent 4 years working with children in need and in particular, my current client, who is very special to me. I will be teaching a workshop about Alzheimer and other dementias in Central Oregon, part of a program from Alzheimer’s Association.
My path to the US is not that different from those who emigrate from other countries or from those who seek a safe place to live, work or develop as individuals.
I enjoy work for the community and with my background and experience I will like to work more close with the Latino community and serve as Commission of Hispanic Affair.
I was running for Redmond City Council in the last election period 2018, and it was a good experience for me and one way or another I will continue my work with my community in here or in a different level.