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The mission of America’s Voice (AV) and America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF) is to harness the power of American voices and American values to enact policy change that guarantees full labor, civil and political rights for immigrants and their families. We work in partnership with progressive, faith-based, labor, civil rights, and grassroots groups, networks, and leaders to policies and legislation that will stabilize the lives of 11 million Americans-in-waiting and put them on the road to full citizenship.

We believe that the moment to enact this type of reform has arrived: coming out of the 2012 elections, it is clear that Americans support it, Democrats promised it, and Republicans need it. More importantly, these positive changes would move us forward as a country, helping immigrants, workers, business, communities, and families succeed.

The immigration reforms we support includes the following elements:

  • A direct, fair, and inclusive road to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. without papers.
  • Channels for future legal immigration that are flexible and functional.
  • Robust protections and guaranteed rights for all workers.
  • Enforcement that is targeted and fair, and respects immigrants’ rights.
  • Full and equal rights for all immigrants.

If we do this right – with a line to get into and a roadmap to citizenship for immigrants in America today; sensible legal channels for immigrants who are needed tomorrow; and accountability for employers who violate the law and exploit workers – we will finally have an immigration system that reflects our values as a nation.

We’re eager to hear from you! Our contact information is below but feel free to use the form below, which will submit an email to our staff. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Press questions can be sent to press@americasvoice.org.

Our Team

Frank Profile 2016Frank Sharry is the Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund. Before founding America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund, Frank served for 17 years as Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, one of the nation’s premier immigration policy organizations. He is one of the nation’s leading spokespersons for immigration reforms. During the 1980’s, Frank served as Executive Director of Centro Presente, a local organization working with Central American refugees in the greater Boston area, and was a co-founder of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee (MIRA) Coalition. His career started with work on refugee rescue and resettlement for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Asia and the United States. Frank is also the 2015 recipient of the National Council of La Raza’s Capital Award for Public Service which honored Frank’s life commitment to Immigration Reform. Frank is a native of Connecticut and a graduate of Princeton University.

6716-195f-a0c4-9f0fMaribel Hastings is a Senior Advisor and columnist at America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund. A native of Puerto Rico, Maribel is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, with a major in public communications and a history minor. Before joining America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund, she worked for La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language daily in the U.S. Maribel became La Opinión’s first Washington, D.C. correspondent in 1993. Previously, she worked for the Associated Press, San Juan, Puerto Rico Bureau. During her career, Maribel has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Media Leadership Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for her coverage of the immigration debate in the U.S. Senate. Maribel writes for our  website http://AmericasVoice.org/Espanol, a Spanish-language news and analysis portal on immigration and politics. Her columns and articles are also published weekly on the main Spanish-language news portals and dailies including Univision.com, Impremedia, El Nuevo Herald and others. Maribel is an expert on immigration, politics and the Latino vote.

FB_PicMatthew Hildreth is the Political Director at America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund.

Matt is a graduate of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he studied Philosophy and Communications, he holds an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard University’s Leadership, Organizing and Action program, and is pursuing a Master’s in Strategic Communication from the University of Iowa.

Matt began his career working in television, then jumped into national political communications and spent three years as the Interactive Media Producer for Sojourners — the largest network of progressive Christians in America — where he successfully developed innovative techniques for engaging online constituents.

At America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund, Matt writes op-eds, press releases, blog posts, social media content, and email newsletters for progressive, faith-based, labor, civil rights, and grassroots networks and leaders. As manager of America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund’s digital team, he also leverages online technologies to motivate key constituencies toward greater civic engagement and  develops innovative campaigns for allied organizations and members of Congress as well as communications strategies for political grassroots campaigns.

DSC_0171Ana A. Betances-Julián is the Office Manager for America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund.  She was born in the Dominican Republic and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.  Ana has over 15 years of experience in the field of management and general public relations.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, and has studied communications at Georgetown University.

ginaGina Gerson is the Operations Director at America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund and an expert in non-profit administration.  She oversees the human resource, finance, legal compliance, and grants management functions for both the 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(3) organizations.  Prior to joining America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund, Gina worked in the Finance and Operations Department of the National Immigration Forum for eight years.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

GabeGabe Ortíz is the Digital Editor for America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund. Prior to joining America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund, Gabe blogged on LGBT and immigration issues for various progressive outlets, and some of his writing has since been featured on global news programs like the Washington Post and PRI’s “The World.” Gabe is graduate of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

 

David TorresDavid Torres is a Spanish-language Advisor at America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund. David Torres was born and raised in Mexico City. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where he studied journalism. Before joining America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund, he worked for several Spanish-language media outlets in his country of origin and in the US, among them Al Día, from Dallas, Texas and La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language daily in the nation, based in Los Angeles, California. David worked as Latin American Editor for La Opinión and later as Front Page Editor. During his career, David has received several awards, including the Award of Excellence as editor, by the Society for News Design (SND) 22nd edition in 2000. David writes for our website on immigration and politics. He is also a published author in Mexico and his first book is “Heredad de sombras” (poetry).

Juan EscalanteJuan Escalante is the Digital Campaigns Manager for America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund. Born and raised in Venezuela, Juan arrived in the United States in the year 2000, and became undocumented after his family’s attorney failed to provide proper counsel. For the past ten years, Juan has advocated for pro-migrant policies at the state and national level – most notably the federal DREAM Act. Juan is a beneficiary of President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and recently obtained a Masters Degree from Florida State University.

Lynn Tramonte 2016Lynn Tramonte is the Deputy Director of America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund.  She also directs Ohio’s Voice, a state-based immigration project.

Lynn began her career as a consultant for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1998, and is a veteran of numerous legislative battles on immigration, including the comprehensive immigration reform debates of 2006, 2007, and 2013.

As Deputy Director, Lynn oversees execution of the organizations’ work plans and polling projects; manages staff and consultants; and serves as a national and local spokesperson.  She has been quoted in Spanish and English in numerous media outlets, from Univision and Telemundo to the Washington Post and Cleveland Plain Dealer.  

Lynn is an expert in strategic communications and advocacy campaigns.  She lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.