Viridiana formerly served as Sovereign Bodies’s Research Assistant. In this role, her focus was to help build the MMIP database. She now serves as SBI’s Research Coordinator. Viridiana identifies as Mexican-American, commonly referred to as a Chicana. Viridiana is set to graduate in the Fall of 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Humboldt State University. Viridiana has witnessed the institutionalized barriers placed specifically on Indigenous peoples and is dedicated to recognize and address the gender based and sexual violence against Indigenous peoples, but also to uplift and empower Indigenous communities.