Merilie Robertson, a social justice advocate and retired teacher, taught science at Forman High School for Girls in Lahore, Pakistan for 11 years, followed by 11 more years at the Community School in Tehran, Iran. On her return to the United States, she developed an interest in Latin America. She made several short-term trips to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia, advocating for change in U.S. policies there.
In 1994-95, Merilie spent 10 months working with the women’s organization of the Moravian Church on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. Following that, she went to Guatemala for two months, accompanying Pastor Lucio Martinez, who had been threatened by a death squad. Merilie also has worked with No More Deaths, a faith-based coalition dedicated to stopping migrant deaths in the Arizona desert and enacting immigration reform principles. Most recently, Merilie has focused on visiting people incarcerated at the Adelanto immigration detention facility. She is retired and lives in Pasadena.
Native of California
Attended UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley
Degree in Religious Education from the (then) Biblical Seminary in New York (now) New York Theological Seminary)
Under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church USA taught science for 11 years each at Forman High School for Girls in Lahore, Pakistan and at the Community School in Tehran, Iran
Spent 10 months in the Presbyterian Reconciliation and Mission Program in Nicaragua
Spent 2 months accompanying Pastor Lucio Martinez in Guatemala
Other formative experiences:
1968: participated in PCUSA’s “Crisis in the Nation Program,” addressing racism in the church and nation
2004, 5, 6: spent time in Arizona desert with “No More Deaths”