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OUR TEAM

HOPE BORDER INSTITUTE, Dylan Corbett

DYLAN CORBETT

Executive Director

Dylan Corbett, the founding executive director of HOPE, has nearly fifteen years of experience working on issues of international and human development globally, in Washington, DC and in the borderlands. He also coordinates the work of the Vatican's Migrants & Refugees Section in Mexico, Central America and French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Dylan formerly worked as a staffer to the bishops of the United States at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development as well as with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the national anti-poverty and social justice program of the USCCB. He has studied at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and lives in El Paso with his wife and two children. 

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AYLÍN HEREDIA

Executive Assistant

Aylín is originally from Ciudad Juárez and has spent most of her life in El Paso, TX. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at El Paso and is currently working on her master’s degree in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Aylin has led “Coming to the Table” dialogues, where she organized Hispanic and Latino communities in the Central Arkansas region through the Clinton School of Public Service. She also worked in the Arkansas Supreme Court, where she focused on enhancing transparency and created a system for pro se litigants. 

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LUZ DEL VALLE

Administrative Specialist

Lucy del Valle is an accountant by training with a degree in Certified Public Accounting from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. She has worked in government, the nonprofit sector and with international organizations, including the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and she holds a certificate in NGO administration from the FOCSIV Institute in Rome, Italy. Lucy is a mother of two young children and an active community volunteer in the borderlands.

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JESÚS DE LA TORRE

Research Fellow

Originally from Spain, Jesús has a Master's in Migration Studies at the University of San Francisco under a Fulbright scholarship. He holds a Bachelor's in International Relations (studied in Spain and Brazil) and a Master's in European Union. He has been honored to accompany migrant justice advocacy movements in Spain, the US, and Central America. His research interests focus on border externalization policies, comparative migration policies, and the root causes of forced migration. 

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AIMÉE SANTILLÁN

Policy Analyst

Born and raised in El Paso, Aimée graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor's in Psychology and Philosophy. She recently earned her Master's degree in Philosophy at the same university. Aimée brings years of experience working in public policy, including immigration, and loves reading and discovering new things. 

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