Erika Almiron was born in South Philadelphia to immigrant parents from Paraguay and has spent almost two decades working in the Latinx communityon issues ranging from women’s health, gentrification, prison reform, and poverty. In her youth she served as president of various Latinx leadership organizations in Norristown and Penn State University and went on to work with Latinx communities in Philadelphia. While working at the American Friends Service Committee with the Mexico/US border program, she helped start the Media Mobilizing Project 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.