Perfil de Marvin Andrade, director ejecutivo de CARECEN Los Angeles

Marvin Andrade, executive director of CARECEN-Los Angeles

Marvin H. Andrade is the Executive Director at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Los Angeles, an immigrant rights organization with almost 30 years of existence serving the Latino community through immigration legal services, education, civic participation and community development programs.

Mr. Andrade has spent over a decade as an immigrant rights advocate at CARECEN, serving in different capacities including Civic Participation Director, Director of Policy, Technology, Education, Programs and for the past three years, as Executive Director.

CARECEN provides direct services to over 60,000 people a year from throughout Southern California and stands as the largest Central American community based organization and center in the United States.

Born in El Salvador, Mr. Andrade fled to the United States as a refugee, fleeing the civil war that torn his native country and devastated the Central American region throughout the early 1980s. In addition to his work at CARECEN, Mr. Andrade serves as an elected Executive Committee member for the Salvadoran American National Network, a national umbrella organization with an organizational membership of over 15 Salvadoran community based organizations in the United States with a reach of over a half million Central Americans and a combined budget of over 6 million dollars. He is also a board member for multiple organizations in Los Angeles.

Mr. Andrade grew up in the working class and long time immigrant community of El Monte in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. His experiences as an undocumented immigrant, English language learner, and 1986 Amnesty Law recipient, shaped his appreciation for the political process and its impact on the lives of immigrants.

He went on to study Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California.  After graduation, Mr. Andrade joined CARECEN and soon began his policy, advocacy, and organizing work in collaboration with other CBOs and labor unions to pursue his desire to help reform U.S. immigration laws, secure family reunification, preserve the protection of refugees, ensure the fair treatment of immigrant workers, and pass legislation with a path to permanent legal residence for undocumented immigrants residing in the United States.

As CARECEN Executive Director he continues to work on his personal mission to educate, empower and encourage the civic engagement of the immigrant Central American and Latino communities in the political process at the local, state and national levels.

Mr. Andrade is frequently interviewed and quoted in Spanish and English media on issues such as immigration policy, migration, political economy, and Latin American.  He has written multiple opinion-editorials and has received multiple awards for his community service and commitment to social justice.

Por Randy Jurado Ertll

RANDY JURADO ERTLL es autor, profesor, y columnista para varios periódicos. También se ha desempeñado como director ejecutivo de organizaciones que se enfocan en temas de educación y protección al medio ambiente. Ertll fue director de comunicaciones para un miembro del Congreso en el Capitolio en Washington, D.C. Ha publicado numerosas columnas de opinión en periódicos y revistas como Los Angeles Times, USA Today, La Opinión, Daily News, La Prensa Gráfica, San Diego Union-Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Houston Chronicle, The Progressive y The American Interest. Ha sido entrevistado por NPR, CNN, PBS, Univision y Telemundo. Se graduo de Occidental College donde obtuvo el premio 2015 Alumni Seal Award for Service to the Community y obtuvo su maestría en Azusa Pacific University.

Ha publicado los siguientes libros: Hope In Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience, Esperanza en Tiempos de Oscuridad: La Experiencia de un Salvadoreno Americano, The Life of an Activist: In the Frontlines 24/7, The Lives and Times of El Cipitio, La Vida y los Tiempos del Cipitio, In The Struggle: Chronicles, y The Adventures of El Cipitio: Las aventuras del Cipitio, La Siguanaba and the Magical Loroco, y La Siguanaba y el Loroco Magico. Sus libros han sido incluidos de venta en COSTCO, Wal-Mart Mexico, Target, y Barnes & Noble. Algunos de sus libros han ganado International Latino Book Awards.

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