No Tech For ICE

Techqueria has a firm policy of not partnering with companies that have active contracts with ICE.

Overview ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

As many of us are aware, technology plays an ever increasing role in our society and it is vital that our community has a voice in the decisions that are made.

Techqueriaโ€™s mission is to advance Latinx professionals within the tech industry. We want to take a moment to talk about how this impacts Techqueria as an organization.

One of the ways we generate revenue as a nonprofit is by partnering with tech companies on events and digital marketing. We must decide which companies to partner with and how those partnerships impact our community.

This is where our values come in:

  • Community First
  • Radical Inclusion
  • Over Communication
  • Positive Vibes
  • Data-Driven

Our highest value is being community-first and in order for values to have meaning, we must apply them to actions.

In particular, this translates to Techqueria having a firm policy that we will not partner with companies who are known to work with and support ICE.

ICEโ€™s agenda and efforts have directly torn apart families, harmed children, violated human rights and actively support a racist agenda.

Leaders of tech companies NEED to recognize there are consequences when they make these kinds of deals. We want to send a clear message that this is not okay.

Many of our members and their families suffer due to the abusive actions of ICE and Techqueria has even had one of our own volunteers, Carlos Martinez, detained by ICE.

While Techqueria does not partner with these companies, we understand that the Latinx employees of these companies can benefit from our community and events. So while we hold these companies accountable for their actions, we still want to support and offer resources to their employees.

Companies Supporting ICE ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Below is a list of well known companies with active ICE contracts.

This is not a comprehensive list and further information on different companies partnering with ICE can be found here and here.

Some of these companies have reached out to Techqueria (as noted in the section) and we have passed on partnership opportunities with them.

Declined ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

These are companies where Techqueria has actively declined partnerships. Techqueria will not partner with these companies unless they drop their contracts with ICE.

Past Partners ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

Companies Techqueria has partnered with in the past but that we will no longer partner with unless they drop ICE.

Call to Action ๐Ÿ”—๏ธŽ

If your company supports ICE, we encourage you to:

  • ENACT change from the inside
  • REFUSE to design tools that power ICE
  • FOLLOW the work of Mijente who started the #NoTechForICE campaign
  • WORK somewhere else

Please feel free to contact us with other suggestions.

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โ„น๏ธAbout Techqueria

Techqueria is a 501c3 nonprofit that empowers Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.

To that end, we work with both tech companies and employee resource groups (ERGs) to build Latinx-centered spaces that revolve around career advice, technical talks, mentorship, open jobs, networking events, speaking opportunities, and open-source in order to comprehensively affect change in the tech industry.

Coming from all walks of life, we believe that the diversity of our community is the most reliable asset we have. Our space aims to be inclusive so we invite Latinx from the regions of the Caribbean, Haiti, and Brazil as well as those who identify as Afro-Latinx, Asian-Latinx or LGBTQIA. The term Latinx is used instead of Latino or Latina because it is a gender-neutral and inclusive term.

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