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Executive Director: Erika Almiron Erika@vamosjuntos.org
Erika Almiron was born in South Philadelphia to immigrant parents from Paraguay and has spent almost two decades working in the Latino community. In her youth she served as president of various Latino leadership organizations in her high school in Norristown and Penn State University. She went on after school to work with Latino communities in Philadelphia and surrounding counties on issues ranging from women’s health, gentrification, prison reform, and poverty. Several years ago she helped start the Media Mobilizing Project while working at the American Friends Service Committee with the Mexico/US border program on the issue of living and working conditions for maquiladora workers. Before becoming the Executive Director of Juntos she was the assistant director of the Philadelphia Student Union working with young people on leadership development and fighting for education reform. In her spare time she is a freelance photographer and her pictures have been published and exhibited over the last several years in Philadelphia and beyond. She has documented prison conditions in South America, mountain top removal in West Virginia, homelessness in Harlem, and most recently she received the prestigious Leeway Foundation Award to document agricultural reform and land distribution in Brazil and Paraguay.
Youth Organizer: Yared Portillo Yared@vamosjuntos.org
Yared Portillo creció en Santa María, California, la tierra de campos de fresas y mares. Fue criada por padres inmigrantes de Sinaloa, México. Antes de trabajar con Juntos se recibió en Estudios latinoamericanos en Swarthmore College. Desde la prepa, ha trabajado alrededor de asuntos de educación y acceso a la universidad para estudiantes de color y estudiantes de bajos ingresos. Yared es concesionaria del Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, una beca a través de la cual fundó Son Revoltura, el proyecto de son jarocho en Filadelfia. Actualmente, Yared ayuda a coordinar y liderar talleres de jarana, versada y zapateado para Son Revoltura, intentando crear un espacio para explorar la cultura y la integración de arte y música en la lucha.