My name is Gene Martinez. I am the son of a strong single-mother, Patricia Carrillo and the brother of another strong woman, Hermione Alvarez. I was born in Tucson, Arizona but moved to Nogales, Sonora at the age of six where my family and I lived until I was 12. After relocating back to Tucson, bouncing from one place to another and even being homeless at one point, my family and I finally found a house near Barrio Libre. I didn’t become familiar with this neighborhood however, until I interned and eventually staffed at the John Valenzuela Youth Center. My four years at the JVYC from 2015-2019 gave me many opportunities to work closely with residents, organizations and businesses in the community. During my years at the JVYC, I graduated from Tucson High, and Pima Community College. I currently work and live at Casa Maria where I practice the Works of Mercy and the Works of Justice daily. I also study law at the University of Arizona with the intention of using a law degree to throw chingasos and protect this community.