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Executive Director: Erika Almiron
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 Vasquez
Office Manager & Program Assistant: Carolina Torres
Carolina was born in the small town of Curico, Chile and was raised in the lake region of Concepcion until she was 5 years old. In the early 90s, she and her family moved back and forth to Philadelphia several times before settling in East Falls. Carolina went on to pursue a degree in International Business & Trade where she focused her thesis on NAFTA & the labor market under free trade agreements. During her time in college, she worked with the United Nations Association of the Greater Philadelphia writing in their monthly column covering global news stories focused on Women’s Rights, Economic Development, Law and Crime Prevention, Migration, and Climate Change. Carolina was recently 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 in the city’s food business sector and ensuring Spanish speakers receive translated labor rights information in their workplace.