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Introducing Mía

What is Mía?

Mía, the Movement of Immigrants in America, is a new national membership organization of immigrants and allies. Members and leaders of 16 different local and regional grassroots organizations from across the United States have come together to form this new group to build the power necessary to achieve our common national goals.

Mission

Mía leverages the economic and political power of immigrants and our allies to win justice for our families, and provides high-quality benefits and discount programs that are financially self-sustaining.

Political Impact

As a 501(c)(4) organization, Mía is able to directly influence our political system and advocate on behalf of candidates who best represent our interests, as well as fight back against those who attack and threaten our families. Funded in part through membership dues paid by individuals, Mía achieves economies of scale to provide important benefits and discounts for our members, which in turn builds our membership.


 

Board of Directors

Gustavo Torres, CASA in Action
Andrea Miller, Causa Oregon 
Kica Matos,  Center for Community Change (CCC) Action 
Julien Ross,  Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) Action Fund
Angelica Salas, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and CHIRLA Action Fund
Ana Maria Archila, Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) Action
Maria Rodriguez, Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) Votes
Lawrence Benito, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Action
Javier Valdés, Make the Road Action 
DJ Yoon,  The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) Action Fund
Murad Awadeh,  New York Immigrant Coalition (NYIC) and NYSIAF
Rich Stolz, One America Votes
Petra Falcon,  Promise Arizona in Action
Jaime Arredondo, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
Stephanie Teatro, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
Ana Gonzalez, Worker’ Defense Action Fund (WDAF)
Mireya Reith, Arkansas United Community Coalition

Executive Leadership

Mía’s founding Executive Director is Gustavo Andrade. Mr. Andrade brings more than 15 years of experience and leadership as a community organizer, strategist and campaigner for immigrants’ and worker’s rights to Mía and its members.

Prior to joining Mía, Gustavo served as the Senior Organizing Director for CASA, the Washington, DC metropolitan region’s largest immigrant rights organization. During his time there, he was responsible for designing and implementing the field strategy for every major immigration-related mobilization and direct action in the Capital and surrounding areas, as well as leading successful high-profile campaigns such as the Maryland DREAM Act. The Organization grew to tens of thousands of members during his tenure. Gustavo was also a labor organizer with UNITE HERE! Local 7 and the Change To Win Federation in Southern California.

Mr. Andrade immigrated to the United States at age 14, and holds a degree from Goucher College in Towson, MD. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, became a naturalized US citizen in 2008, and is fluent in 4 languages.