Welcome! Our New Communications Organizer
Welcome, June Kuoch (they/them/their) to the Tsuru for Solidarity team! They are joining us as our new communications organizer. June is currently based in Lenape Territory, (Brooklyn, NY). They are a child of Cambodian war-time refugees, born and raised in unceded Dakota and Anishinaabe territory (Minneapolis, Minnesota). June shares a birthday with their fictional idol “Sailor Moon” and is an avid K-pop fan. They are abolitionist immigrant rights advocate with years of community organizing experience. Before coming to Tsuru for Solidarity, June was a 2020 Soros Youth Activist Fellow housed at Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP), where they worked on local, regional, and national efforts to end immigration detention by centering and uplifting the stories and voices of LGBTQ+ migrants. They have organized with groups, such as the Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN), ReleaseMN8, and Freedom, Inc., working to end Southeast Asian deportations. June holds a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and an M.A. in Asian American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, where their master’s thesis attempted to map out Southeast Asian deportations within the larger genealogy of Asian American history. June is extremely excited to be supporting and developing intergenerational organizing at Tsuru to challenge the carceral state!