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Item 760: 00760_Parras, Juan_Environmental Justice

 Item — Box: 13

Interviewer(s): Natalie Garza

Project: University of Houston

Juan Parras was born in Big Spring, TX, where he grew up until he left for high school to St. Anthony’s Seminary in San Antonio, TX with support from his local parish. After high school he spent a year studying at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, received his associates from Harvard County Junior College, and studied at the University of Houston. The focus of this interview is on Parras’ professional life first working for the welfare department of Harris County Social Services, then as a union organizer for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). He began his environmental work with an organization fighting against unsafe environmental standards of a company called Shintech in Convent, LA. Parras was then hired by Green Peace, followed by a position at the Texas Southern University Law School doing environmental justice outreach, and finally as founder and director of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service (T.E.J.A.S.). During his time at TSU, Parras worked to move the proposed location for Cesar Chavez High School because of its location near many refineries. With T.E.J.A.S., he continues to raise awareness and push for environmental justice in communities that do not have the resources or political clout to fight environmental causes.


  • 1996-2017

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Oral history interviews are only available for use when the University of Houston Libraries is in possession of a release form signed by both interviewee and interviewer allowing for such access.


From the Collection: 25.0 linear feet

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Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

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