María Sierra Carretero (Carre) is a self-taught photographer and a member of Red Interlavapiés. Through her experience travelling to Spain’s southern border, she has felt the need to convey, through the camera, that another world is not only possible; it is essential.
Patricia Fernández Vicens is a “lawyer in the trenches”, and an activist with expertise in “stretching the law” to protect everyone, regardless of race, status and origin. She works as a lawyer for the La Merced-Migraciones Foundation and is a legal Neighbourhood Coordinator in Parroquia de Entrevías, San Carlos Borromeo. She was one of the lawyers in the Tarajal case, in 2014, and has worked in the defence of activist Helena Maleno.
Roberta Ferruti is an independent journalist. She worked to promote the first Solidarity Purchase Groups (GAS in its Italian acronym) in the Italian province of Lacio, from the Università Verde dei Castelli Romani, Rome, and collaborated in the emergence of the first draft bills for biological agriculture in Italy. In 2016 she embarked upon a long journey around the immigration routes of southern Italy, ending up in Riace. Since 2017 she has worked in the Solidarity Network of Commons (RECOSOL in its Italian acronym).
Helena Maleno is a journalist, writer and researcher. A specialist in migration and human trafficking, she is the founder of the collective Caminando Fronteras (Walking Borders). Since 2001 she has lived in Morocco, reporting human rights violations on the border with Spain and working to support and empower sub-Saharan migrant communities in the migration process. On her social media accounts, she warns of migrant boats adrift and the fence jumps that occur, coordinating rescues and safeguarding people’s basic rights.
Julio Pérez del Campo holds degrees in Environmental Protection from the University of Ireland (2004) and Environmental Science from the Rey Juan Carlos University. He has directed and produced, with Carles Bover, the feature-length documentary Gas the Arabs (2017) and the short documentary Gaza (2018) on the situation in the Gaza Strip after the Israeli bombing in the summer of 2014.
Red Interlavapiés is a network of people united against borders and precariousness. Based in Madrid’s Lavapiés neighbourhood, it is made up of people and collectives that fight for people’s free movement, the right to migrate and those aspiring to a society in which no human being is illegal. The network presents itself as “a diverse network made up of local and migrant people, with or without documents, who feel the urgent need to act against ever-increasing brutal and racist forms of injustice that criminalise poverty and migration and deny human and social rights”.