Zakaria (Zack) Mohamed is a Somali-born, Portland-bred, organizer, trainer, and movement strategist. At age five, Zack and his family fled their home country due to civil war, and arrived in the U.S. as refugees. Zack has been organizing with Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP), since September 2017. In Zack’s role as Deportation Defense Organizer he is focused on building out a base among Black LGBTQIA+ Migrants and connecting the Black diaspora to liberation. Zack has organized around racial justice, immigrant/refugee justice, LGBTQ+ justice, economic justice and gender justice. As Audre Lorde said, “there’s no such thing as a single issue struggle, because we do not live single issue lives.” Zack believes in an inclusive and intersectional movement; no one is free until we are all free. In his free time Zack enjoys playing Pokémon, reading/watching his favorite manga/anime One Piece and expanding his culinary skills by cooking new dishes.
Legal Landscape for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers at the Border and Within the U.S.