Executive Director: Erika Almiron
Erika@vamosjuntos.org Twitter: @ErikaAlmironNiz
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 Latinx leadership organizations at her high school in Norristown as well as at Penn State University. She went on after school to work with Latinx 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: Olivia Vazquez
Office Manager & Program Assistant: Carolina Torres Toledo
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Carolina Torres is Juntos’ office manager and program assistant. At Juntos, she develops volunteer and internship opportunities and helps to strengthen relationships with allied groups and universities. Carolina was born in the small town of Curico in the Maule region of Chile. She and her family moved back and forth to Pennsylvania several times before settling in East Falls, Philadelphia in 1997. Carolina earned a BS in International Business Administration from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in 2015. While at Drexel she began to organize with public education, immigration and food policy activists across the city. She continues to strategize in these fields to create a more equitable and just urban environment. In 2016 Carolina was appointed to the Economic and Workforce Development Committee of the city’s Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC), where she focuses on developing sustainable work practices that promote upward mobility and racial equity in the city’s food systems.
Communications Manager: Miguel E. Andrade
Miguel@vamosjuntos.org Twitter: @MiguelEsAndrade
Miguel E. Andrade was born in Buga, Colombia. He has been active in Philadelphia’s Latinx-Immigrant community since late 2008 after getting involved in community activism at the age of 17, since then has become one of Philadelphia’s leading young voices for immigrant rights, education equity and human rights. He honed his skills in journalism & TV hosting while volunteering with the Media Mobilizing Project where in 2010 he co-founded, produced and hosted “MMPTV” a TV news & analysis program that aired online as well as Public Access Cable starting his journey in movement communications. After joining the team of the immigrant rights nonprofit Juntos in 2011 he co-founded one of Philadelphia’s only latino-immigrant youth leadership programs in the organization and helped to highlight the experiences of latinx-immigrant youth in the city of Philadelphia. His passion for intersectional social justice also led him to work with the city’s only Queer-Latinx Social Justice Organization, Galaei, first as a board member and then as Interim Executive Director. He also worked as a Paralegal at one of Philadelphia’s immigration law firms where he was able to gain a legal understanding of the country’s immigration system. Because of his work in community activism and empowerment, he was honored by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014 with the “Hero Among Us”. He is also on the Board of Directors of the US Human Rights Network where he serves with other human rights activists and leaders from across the country and currently is a fellow with the ReFrame Mentorship program.