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Renee Wolters

Profile Updated: July 28, 2017
Renee Wolters
Residing In Albuquerque, NM USA
Spouse/Partner John Ellig
Occupation? Still working? Part time instructor for Univ. of New mexico Peace and Justice Studies Program; semi-retired.
Children Lauren Lenzen and Jacob Wolters
Renee Wolters


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Currently I volunteer with the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, advocating against Immigrant detention and deportation, promoting rapid response network and sanctuary communities and congregations, working with families and individuals in crisis due to political realities, and advocating on Immigrant led legislative issues. I also volunteer with the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center assisting individuals filing for citizenship, DACA and LPR renewals; with an ESL class, and with Albuquerque Hours, a service exchange. For recreation I enjoy movies, biking gardening, watching birds, hiking, and visiting with friends at any of the many local breweries.
I received a BS in Medical Technology; an MS in Latin American Studies at UNM. I've lived in various states and countries over the years, much of the last 20+ years in Albuquerque. Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia in the 70's; human rights accompanier in Guatemala and Honduras; co-taught university courses in Nicaragua. I think a major achievement was being part of the accompaniment team in Guatemala, working with survivors of genocide (80s) who, after 13 years, won their case against Rios Montt in 2013. Spending time in Latin America and North Africa has taught me to be open-minded, adaptable, and has given me a great appreciation of other cultures. Teaching Peace Studies has enabled me to spread nonviolence to university students, who will be our next leaders. I hope they do better than our generation in striving for peace and justice, and in promoting our connection to the earth and each other.