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The mission of America’s Voice (AV) and America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF) is to  build the public support and the political will needed to enact policy changes that secure freedom and opportunity for immigrants in America. Priority goal: win reforms that put 11 million undocumented Americans on a path to full citizenship.

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.

If you’re new to immigration reform, read our FAQ page on immigration reform here.

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Our Team

Frank Profile 2016Frank Sharry is a longtime advocate for immigrants, refugees, and generous and just immigration policies in America. He currently serves as the Executive Director of America’s Voice. He founded the organization in 2008.

Before founding America’s Voice, he served for 17 years as Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, one of
the nation’s premier immigration policy organizations.

From 1986 until 1990, he worked in the Boston area, where he served as the Executive Director of Centro Presente, an organization working with Central American refugees, and co-founded the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition.

From 1979 through 1985 he worked for the organization now named the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Initially, he worked in Singapore and Indonesia helping to interview refugees for admission into the United States, and later coordinated refugee resettlement programs throughout America.

He is the father of two adult daughters and married to the artist Eve Stockton. He graduated from Princeton University in 1978, and speaks Spanish fluently.

Pili Tobar is the Deputy 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).

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, 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, Impremedia, El Nuevo Herald and others. Maribel is an expert on immigration, politics and the Latino vote.

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.

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).

Van Le is the Digital Director of America’s Voice. She works on the blog, email marketing, communications, and digital media.

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 CarrilloMario Carrillo is the Campaigns Manager for America’s Voice. Prior to AV, 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.

Ur is the Director of DHS Watch.  

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.

Douglas Rivlin is the Director of Communication for America’s Voice and America’s Voice Education Fund.  He previously served as Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Director of Communication at the National Immigration Forum.  He previously worked for UPenn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center (Washington Program), the Children’s Defense Fund, and the Voice of America.  He graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication at UPenn and the University of California at Santa Cruz (Oakes College). He is married and still lives in his hometown, Washington, D.C.

Andrea Flores is the John Gardner Fellow for America’s Voice Education Fund and DHS Watch. She has done research on the overall Latinx community, covering topics such as immigration, race and ethnicity, education, sexual assault and abuse. She is very interested in understanding the issues within her community and how politics affects everyday life. She recently graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Chicanx-Latinx Studies and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. She is originally from Waukegan, Illinois.