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Our Mission

The Angry Tias and Abuelas’ mission is to provide basic necessities for health and safety, and support for human dignity and justice, to individuals and families seeking asylum at our borders and as they embark on their journeys to designated destinations in the US.

Our purpose, based on this mission, is to deliver the following services and provisions:

  • Financial and labor support to our local shelters

  • transportation to and from bus stations, airports, shelters

  • emergency food, water, clothing, toiletries, and other necessities for comfort

In addition to information about basic human rights and legal rights, to those waiting for entry onto and across international bridges; similar and emergency provisions (including cash funds where needed) and information regarding rights, as well as general information about travel and other needs, to individuals released from ICE detention and delivered to bus depots or shelters in Brownsville and in McAllen; financial support to refugee shelters in the RGV and selected immigrant shelters in Matamoros and Reynosa.


So, who are we?

1.    Nayelly Barrios, 33, is an immigrant, activist, and intersectional feminist. A borderlands native, she is a writer and a university lecturer. 

2.    Cindy Candia, 48, daughter of migrant, civil rights parents and activists, humanitarian activist, Mom to any LGBTQ+ and ally persons, also ex juvenile correctional officer out of Washington State. 

3.    Elizabeth Cavazos, 43, has worked as a Mental Health Professional and is currently volunteering in various capacities to help conserve, restore and educate others about the unique ecosystem of the Rio Grande Valley.

4.   Joyce Hamilton, aged 68, is a retired college reading instructor, a grandmother, an environmental activist, and a Presbyterian Church elder.

5.    Jennifer Harbury is 68 years old and has lived in the Rio Grande Valley since 1978. She is a human rights lawyer and activist.

6.    Susan Law, 73, retired in 2017 as the human resources director of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.  She has lived in the Rio Grande Valley since 1967.

7.    Madeleine Sandefur, ageless but definitely an Abuela, moved to the Rio Grande Valley from San Antonio in 2005. Her “career” here began as an Accidental Activist, but since June 2018, this work has become a major and important part of her life.


For more information and to schedule interviews, please contact:

Elizabeth Cavazos at