Nuestra Historia

CMN fue cofundada por Stefania Arteaga y Becca O’Neill. Stefania y Becca se conocieron en 2017 haciendo trabajo de defensa legal en el sector sin fines de lucro en Charlotte. Aunque NC tiene una población migrante e inmigrante establecida (y en crecimiento), los servicios legales de inmigración gratuitos y de bajo costo disponibles para estas comunidades tienen un alcance limitado. No hay actualmente no non-profits in NC that offer low cost or free immigration legal services for individuals detained by ICE. CMN’s objective is to create an alliance between the legal profession and those who work in the areas of strategizing and organizing against ICE actions in our state. CMN is committed to listening to what impacted communities are asking for in light of increased ICE raids and hostility in the region. 

Cerrando la brecha entre servicios legales
y abogacía.

CMN bridges the gap between legal services and advocacy efforts. Our goal is to mobilize the significant resources and talent that exists in the Carolinas to create a true offensive front to ICE operations in our state. CMN put out a call to action for attorneys in the region to take on pro bono immigration bond cases under the supervision of experienced immigration attorneys. This initial call was answered by over 80 attorneys, paralegals, certified interpreters, and others who want to provide meaningful support to individuals in detention, and CMN is committed to further building upon this network.

Nuestra Misión

CMN’s mission is to create a true alliance between legal service providers, facilitators, educators, artists, and all those who want to truly exist in community with each other. We want to harness the energy of community members who oppose ICE actions in our state and provide meaningful support to individuals impacted taken into ICE custody

Nuestro Equipo

Stefania Arteaga


Stefania Arteaga es una organizadora y estratega que ha desempeñado un papel crucial en el avance de la organización de los derechos de los inmigrantes en Carolina del Norte. Stefania ha cofundado el grupo de base Comunidad Colectiva y la Red de Migrantes de Carolina. Durante años ha trabajado para hacer retroceder la ola de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) y la colaboración de las fuerzas del orden locales. Como inmigrante de El Salvador, pasó años organizando estudiantes indocumentados, campañas de defensa de deportación y hacia el final exitoso de 287 (g) en el condado de Charlotte / Mecklenburg. Más recientemente se convirtió en Z Smith Reynolds All for NC becarios que trabajan en inmigrantes en las Carolinas.

Becca O'Neill

Co- Directora / Abogada

Es Charlotte native with over thirteen years experience working in the field of immigration law, eleven of those years as a practicing immigration attorney. Her practice has focused on humanitarian-based immigration law, asylum (affirmative and defensive), custody redetermination hearings, refugee family reunification, complex naturalization cases, and family-based immigrant visa work. Previously she served as special counsel on immigration issues to Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden and assisted with ending 287(g) and the implementation of the new jail policy. Prior to enrolling in law school, Becca was a social worker who worked in Eastern North Carolina, Rwanda, and New York, NY. After several years of practicing law in Kentucky, Becca returned to her hometown of Charlotte in 2017.

Zuri Guzmán

Asistente Legal

Zuri Guzmánáse graduó de la Universidad de Queens de Charlotte, Carolina del Norte, estudiando Estudios Internacionales y Francés. Mientras estuvo en la Universidad de Queens, Zuri se enfocó en la política latinoamericana, las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y América Latina y el derecho y las organizaciones internacionales. En 2019, viajó a El Paso, Texas, para ayudar en La Casa del Refugiado con los migrantes que llegaban de América Central. Ella también tiene experiencia trabajando con la comunidad de inmigrantes de Charlotte. Se ha desempeñado como asistente de clínica jurídica, tutora académica para niños inmigrantes y refugiados, y participó en proyectos, como el Proyecto de Asistencia para Migrantes.

Jarred Bean

Development Director

Jarred Bean is a 1st-gen college graduate from a working-class area of North Carolina who has worked domestically and abroad in the fields of education, outreach, and issue advocacy. He went from teaching English in South Korea and Colombia to working in education management and data analysis in New York City, ultimately working to ensure new school and rezoning proposals produced diverse and equitable schools before returning to Charlotte in January 2020.

Since then, he worked to increase turnout among disaffected democratically-aligned voters at the Progressive Turnout Project and began working for Carolina Migrant Network as a grant writer – where he helped redefine metrics for achievement within this field of work. He also serves as a grant writer for Fayetteville Justice for Our Neighbors, is a contributing writer at Freedom for Immigrants’ online publication, IMM-Print, and has previously contributed digital content to Mijente NC and Brand New Congress.

José Chavez


José was born in Greenville, NC into a proud Salvadoran family. He graduated from Wingate University with an undergraduate degree in Accounting. He has a love for numbers, budgeting, and forecasting. He has experience in for-profit accounting and nonprofit accounting. José plans to use his gifts and education to have an impact in the Charlotte community. He has lived in the Charlotte area for about five years now and looks forward to graduating as a Charlottean soon.

Ryan Cannon

Legal Intern

As an undergraduate student, Ryan interned for the legal services office of Kentucky Refugee Ministries where he worked as a legal assistant and interpreter. After finishing his studies, Ryan relocated to France where he taught English in both Dunkirk and Lyon. Before applying to law school, Ryan participated in the Fulbright Program, focusing on English Language Learning in Thiès, Senegal. As a law student, Ryan worked as an extern for the Kentucky Innocence Project and as a volunteer teaching Street Law to high school students as part of the University of Louisville and Central High Partnership.