Our History


Global 505 began as a project of the New Mexico Asian Family Center in recognition that there needed to be more intentionality in bringing together the immigrant and refugee movements in Albuquerque. We hope to learn from one another and uplift each other, and by accomplishing those things, build power together.

How We Support


The mission of Global 505 is to unite immigrant and refugee leaders working across Albuquerque and representing global voices including Asian, African, Arab, Muslim, and Latino populations into an action-oriented network. Partner organizations provide a wide range of programs and services, including but not limited to:

  • Community education and training
  • Interpretation and translation services
  • Refugee resettlement and asylee services
  • Learning circles
  • Community building through art
  • Mentorship
  • Counseling
  • Micro-enterprise development
  • Resource referral
  • English as a Second Language classes
  • Case work
  • Housing assistance
  • Family integration legal services
  • Home visitation
  • Youth development programs
  • Adult education classes and tutoring

Primary Contacts


Kay Bounkeua

Kay received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health within the Health Behavior Health Education program with an emphasis on health disparities. She has field experience working in communities within New Mexico, Mississippi, and Michigan and was awarded the Irving Zeitz award for her work in social justice. Her parents are refugees from Laos and she has a passion for racial equity and justice.

Valerie Martínez

Valerie Martínez is a poet, teacher, translator, playwright, librettist, editor and collaborative artist who descends from Pueblo, Dine and Hispanic ancestors in the Southwest US. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with children, young adults, adults, teachers, and elders in a wide range of community engagement programs. Current and recent Littleglobe projects include Rivers Run Through Us, the Santa Fe Bus Opera, and Stories of Route 66:The International District. Valerie also organized and launched Littleglobe’s Center for Creative Community Engagement, a training initiative that nurtures a pool of skilled artists and cultural workers to evolve community engagement work in the southwest U.S.


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