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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.
The immigration reforms we support includes the following elements:
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.
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Frank 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.
Maribel 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.
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, Matt 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.
Ana 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.
Gina 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.
David 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 Escalante is the Communications 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.
As Digital Director, Van oversees content that explains the contributions of immigrants in America, and manages online actions that mobilize supporters to call for action.
Mario Carrillo is the State Director for America’s Voice – Texas. Prior to America’s Voice, Mario served as the communications director at Voto Latino, where he focused on organizational messaging and implemented a comprehensive communications strategy. In 2016, Mario’s work helped the organization earn more than one billion media impressions during a critical election year, and he placed op-eds by Voto Latino influencers, including Wilmer Valderrama and Lila Downs, in key national and local media outlets. Before that, Mario worked as the communications manager for United We Dream. Mario was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas. He lives in Austin with his wife Angelica and dog Hugo.
Juana Esquivel is the Digital Communications Manager for America’s Voice. As Digital Campaigns Manager, Juana oversees email marketing efforts, leads the digital content strategy and writes for the blog.
Prior to joining America’s Voice, Juana worked as the Communications Associate for Mi Familia Vota where she assisted in media outreached and managed all of the digital and social media campaigns for the organization. In 2014, Juana was a contributing news and entertainment writer for Mega 96.3 FM and La Raza 97.9 FM in Los Angeles. In 2012, she was Co-Associate Producer for “Hablando Derecho,” a weekly radio show with former California Senator Martha Escutia. Juana earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University, Northridge. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Pili Tobar is the Managing Director of America’s Voice. Pili is a first generation Guatemalan American, born in Florida and raised in Guatemala City. In 2004, Tobar returned to the United States to attend the University of Miami where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Tobar has worked for the Democratic National Committee as National Director of Hispanic Media and Western Regional Press Secretary, as Communications Director for Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), and Communications Director for Latino Victory Project. Most recently, Tobar served as the Hispanic Media Director for Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY).
Ur is also an adjunct professor at American University School of Law. She served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services from July 2014 to January 2017 where she provided legal counsel to the agency and interacted with the DHS General Counsel and other immigration component counsel. She was previously responsible for developing and executing congressional strategy for the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. Earlier, Ur was Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senior Counsel to Representative Zoe Lofgren. Ur is a graduate of UCLA Law School and Stanford University.
Zachary Mueller is a Digital Communications Specialist for America’s Voice. Zachary writes for the blog to educate about important immigration topics, uplift the work of immigrants rights groups on the ground across the country, and shine a spotlight on anti-immigrant politicians and organizations.
Prior to joining America’s Voice, Zachary was a political organizer in the Kansas City area where he is based. He wrote an intensive report on the anti-immigrant extremist Kris Kobach, wrote and researched far-right organizing in Kansas and Missouri, and was a union organizer for five years working on the Fight for $15 campaign. Zachary earned a Bachelors degree and a Certificate of Labor Studies from the University of Missouri Kansas City.