Staff Biographies

Mizue Aizeki

Mizue Aizeki is Executive Director and founder of the Surveillance Resistance Lab. For nearly twenty years, Mizue has focused on ending the injustices—including criminalization, imprisonment, and exile—at the intersections of the criminal and migration control systems. Prior to launching the Lab, Mizue was a Senior Advisor at the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) and the founder and Project Director of the Surveillance, Tech and Immigration Project. At IDP, Mizue developed the advocacy program and led multiple campaigns to end the entanglement of local law enforcement and ICE policing—including the fights to end Secure Communities in New York State, and the New York City detainer campaigns—and also led the statewide ICE Out of Courts Campaign. Mizue also co-launched IDP’s ICE raids and community defense programs. Prior to IDP, Mizue worked as a strategic researcher at the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Union, Local 11, and as a racial justice organizer. Mizue is a co-editor of Resisting Borders and Technologies of Violence (forthcoming from Haymarket Books, Fall 2023). Mizue’s photographic work appears in Dying to Live, A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid (City Lights Books, 2008) and Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016). Mizue holds a MA in Urban Planning from UCLA.

Alli Finn

Alli Finn is the Senior Researcher and Organizer with the Surveillance Resistance Lab. Alli leads investigative research and campaigns to challenge the surveillance state and corporate power, in NYC and beyond. They work closely with community partners to develop political education and advocacy interventions to counter ICE and police surveillance, the data broker economy, and corporate surveillance technologies. Alli helped launch the Lab in 2023, transitioning the work from its former home as the Surveillance, Tech, & Immigration Policing project housed at the Immigrant Defense Project, where they held a similar role. Alli has also worked as an organizer, researcher, and frontline caseworker in immigration and worker justice spaces in NYC and Beirut, including leading policy research with the Moving Toward Justice coalition and advocating for migrant domestic worker rights with the Anti-Racism Movement, a grassroots feminist organization in Lebanon. Alli has been active in queer feminist organizing and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund and an Advisory Circle member to Root. Rise. Pollinate! Alli holds an MA in Sociology from the American University of Beirut.

Maia Woluchem

Maia Woluchem is Program Director at the Surveillance Resistance Lab where she leads the cross-city project, Transforming Procurement for the Public Good. Maia is a technologist, urban planner, and educator. She was most recently a Tech Fellow on the Civic Engagement and Government team at the Ford Foundation, where she built strategy and programs addressing how technology intersects with access to democracy, power, voting rights, and movement building. She is also an adjunct professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, teaching a course on segregation, race, and housing policy. She previously served for the City of Boston and the Government of Sierra Leone, where she built tools for open government and community use of data. She was also a researcher at the Urban Institute, focused on housing, education and community development. To that end, her work is featured in Furthering Fair Housing: Prospects for Racial Justice in America’s Neighborhoods, a book she co-edited while at MIT. Maia is a graduate of MIT’s Department of Urban Planning and the University of Pittsburgh.

Teresa Perosa

Teresa Perosa is Project Coordinator and Researcher with the Surveillance Resistance Lab. Teresa is a researcher and writer from and based in Brazil. She is interested in critical methodologies, knowledge from the margins, technology, power and feminist praxis. Prior to joining the Surveillance Resistance Lab, she was a research manager at The Engine Room, where she conducted research on biometrics in the humanitarian sector, digital IDs and civil society advocacy, among other issues. Before that, as a journalist, Teresa wrote about humanitarian crises, displacement, human rights, politics, and gender justice. She holds a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University.

Ed Vogel

Ed Vogel is Senior Policy Researcher with the Surveillance Resistance Lab. Ed has more than ten years of experience in movement spaces and organizing in Chicago as a member of Lucy Parsons Labs, Chicago Community Bond Fund, Believers Bail Out, and Free Us: the Chicago EM Collective. Prior to joining the Surveillance Resistance Lab, Ed researched the role of liberal Christianity in the rise of the surveillance state at Vanderbilt University. He’s currently a board member with Corporate Accountability Lab, Ecosystems of Care, and