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Hispanic Heritage Month 2013: KPBS

2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Heroes - KPBS



        Fabiola A. Navarro 
        Immigration Attorney
        Employee Rights Center


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Fabiola A. Navarro is a licensed attorney in California, and began to work as the Immigration Attorney for the Employee Rights Center (ERC) in June 2012.

She has worked as an international associate at the law firm of American International Practice Group since 2010. She also worked at the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and provided free consultations on immigration issues at La Maestra Legal Advocacy Center Services.

Ms. Navarro has a passion for the community and human rights. She has been a volunteer for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, where she has attended the annual International Women Peacemakers Conference since 2005. She has also been a member of Amnesty International Group 137 Hillcrest since 2005. Ms. Navarro was a panelist at the “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” event organized by Voices of Women in June 2008.


        Andrea Skorepa 
        President & CEO
        Casa Familiar


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Since 1980, Andrea Skorepa has served as president and chief executive officer of Casa Familiar, a social services organization that helps underserved communities. A native San Ysidran, she is responsible for the overall administration of the agency’s programs, budget and staff. Previously, Ms. Skorepa served in Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and was the first local executive director.

She also served eight years as a planning commissioner for the City of San Diego, and ten years as a founder and board chair of the City of San Diego’s Citizen Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations. Ms. Skorepa has also served on the Mayor’s Latino Advisory Committee, ACLU, Chicano Executives Committee, American Institute of Architects Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and a multitude of other community based activities and boards on behalf of the San Diego community.

Ms. Skorepa is also a recipient of the San Diego Union Tribune’s San Diego Latino Champions Awards.

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2013: KCET

2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Heroes - KCET



        Father Richard Estrada 
        Founder and President of the Board of Directors
        Jovenes, Inc.


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Father Richard Estrada is founder and board president of Jovenes Inc., a nonprofit organization in Boyle Heights that is a place of personal transformation for homeless youth, helping them become active and integrated members of the community. Founded in 1991, Jovenes Inc. helps homeless youth find a safe haven with services such as case management, employment, life skills training, leadership development and mental health. Its Continuum of Care program provides emergency shelter and transitional and permanent supportive housing to youth regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Father Estrada served as Jovenes Inc.’s executive director from 1991 to 2007. He is also associate pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church (La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles), located in the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District. Father Estrada has received numerous awards, including the American Institute for Public Service Jefferson Award, and he was recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for his exemplary work in the community.


        Robert García 
        Founding Director and Counsel
        The City Project


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Robert García is founding director and counsel of The City Project, a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy team that engages, educates and empowers communities of color and low-income communities. Working with community allies, Mr. García and The City Project played a pivotal role in the development of the Los Angeles State Historic Park at the Cornfield on the edge of Chinatown. They helped prevent 32 acres of warehouses from being built on the land, and under Mr. García’s leadership, The City Project also helped prevent land on the Rio de Los Angeles State Park at Taylor Yard to be used to repair railroad cars. The community now enjoys hiking trails, wetlands, sports fields and a children’s playground. In 2010, Mr. García received the President’s Award from the American Public Health Association. He’s also been recognized as one of the most influential Latinos in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine. Mr. García is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School.

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2013: KQED

2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Heroes - KQED



        Orson Aguilar 
        Executive Director
        The Greenlining Institute


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Orson Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Greenlining Institute, one of the nation’s largest multi-ethnic, public policy non-profits. Greenlining conducts research, advocates for better public policies and trains young leaders. He has been recognized by the New Leaders Council, Latino Leaders Magazine, La Opinión, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and Silicon Valley Latino. He attended UC Santa Cruz and received a master’s in public affairs at the University of Texas. He is a product of Greenlining’s leadership academy and is a former PPIA Fellow and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow.


        Rose Amador-Le Beau 
        President and CEO
        Center for Training and Careers


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Rose Amador-Le Beau is President and CEO of Center for Training and Careers (CTC) and has served CTC for over thirty years. CTC’s charter is to provide employment and education programs to residents of Santa Clara County. Through her leadership, CTC has been recognized nationally and internationally for its unique and innovative programming, and private sector collaborations. CTC is an affiliate of the National Council of La Raza. She currently serves on the board of San Jose’s work2future and is the Host and Executive Producer of Native Voice TV.


        Stephanie Bravo 
        Founder and President
        StudentMentor.org


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Stephanie Bravo is Founder and President of StudentMentor.org. She met with President Obama and White House officials about StudentMentor.org’s role in improving college completion and preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow. As a result, StudentMentor.org and the White House launched a partnership in 2012 to bring more light to this critical issue. She was selected as a prestigious Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar. She is also a Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. She is a first-generation college graduate earning a B.A. in Psychology with honors from San Jose State University.


Maria Marroquin        Maria Marroquin 
        Executive Director
        Day Worker Center of Mountain View


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Maria Marroquin serves as Executive Director for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, and is currently in her second term as President of the Board of Directors of National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). María oversees daily operations at the center and serves as liaison with local employers and the community. María is a “graduate” of the center’s programs. The center’s mission is to connect workers and employers in a safe and supportive environment; empower workers to improve their socio-economic condition through fair employment, education, and job skills training.

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