Lizbeth Jimena Velásquez

Member Bio:

Jimena is currently the director of the MHA Family Reading Program and assistant director of the Paco Rosales Scholarship. Jimena was born in Colombia and has been living in Mississippi since the age of five. She attended Byram Attendance Center for all 12 years of primary and secondary education. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2000 with a B.S. in Biology, with an emphasis on Pre-Medicine, and a B.A. in Anthropology, with an emphasis in Archaeology. Jimena was an archaeologist for 20 years, 18 of which she worked for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. She graduated cum laude in May of 2023 from Mississippi College School of Law. Jimena was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in September of 2023 and now works as an attorney with Danks Miller & Cory in Jackson, MS. She practices civil and criminal litigation, as well as immigration law. Jimena is also a board member of El Pueblo and Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, both non-profit organizations whose mission is to advocate, educate, and organize the immigrant community.