Miriam is originally from Guatemala and loves working with and for her community. She arrived in Alabama in 2005. She previously volunteered at La Casita, and then worked at the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama for several years. “For me it is a lovely experience to be able to show my community what one day other people taught me. Now I have the great opportunity to work at Adelante and continue to be involved with the community, which is the work I have always loved to do,” explains Miriam.
Policy & Communications Coordinator
Resha first arrived in Alabama in 2015 to attend the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Her professional background is in intercultural relations, victim services, and policy analysis. Before beginning as a full-time staff member at Adelante, Resha served as the organizer for Shut Down Etowah, where she used her social work background to advocate for prison abolition. Resha’s work is informed by her own experiences as a black woman in the South and in Latinx spaces. She is extremely interested in how organizations can use policy as an organizing tool and strengthening the alliances between brown and black folks through strategic communication.
Director of Administration and Fundraising
Victoria was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and moved with her family to Birmingham in 1996. She studied English at the State University of New York at Purchase as well as the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her professional background includes community organizing, communications, and development with a focus and passion for Latin American culture and storytelling of the immigrant experience in the U.S. “Working at Adelante is an incredible honor,” says Victoria, “I deeply admire every member, their powerful individual voices, and their collective fight for liberation.”
Jessica moved to Birmingham in 2013 to help launch Adelante with the support of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2013. Jessica’s work is guided by a law and organizing approach, using creative, high-quality litigation, legal representation and strategy to support organized community efforts to hold government actors, employers, and other authorities accountable for unjust practices. Jessica is licensed to practice law in Alabama and California.
Gabriel Cabán Cubero
Enforcement & Detention Organizer
Richard Gabriel first came to Adelante as Organizing Fellow for the Shut Down Etowah campaign. Their first taste of organizing began when they fought against Amendment 1, an anti-LGBTQ constitutional amendment proposed in North Carolina. This passion for organizing developed into advocacy opposing HB2 (anti-Trans bill in North Carolina), pressuring decision makers to make Wake Forest University a Sanctuary Campus for undocumented students, and educating peers in organizing and power building. Continuing to push for justice, they are incredibly excited to be directly addressing immigration detention and mass incarceration with this amazing group of people, both in Adelante and the Shut Down Etowah campaign.
Isaac Guazo Estrada
Economic Justice Organizer
Isaac Guazo is a queer Mexican chilango with a deep interest in the holistic development of healthy communities. Isaac studied theology focused on critical gender studies. His professional experience is as pastor of the Methodist Church of Mexico where he developed social justice programs in addition to groups focused on spirituality and sexual diversity. Before working as an Economic Justice Organizer, Isaac collaborated with the Labor Rights Defense Program as a Fellow. “Joining the work of Adelante is, for me, a badass challenge and experience like no other.”
Our Board of Directors
Yazmín is a Chicana, a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, a fighter in her community and a constant advocate for immigrant rights. She was raised in Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in political science and international studies. Her parents came to the U.S. as migrant farmworkers who moved from state to state following the harvests, eventually settling down in Alabama. “My passion is to help others realize their own potential and to fight for their own liberation,” she explains. Yazmín was Adelante’s founding Organizer from 2015-2017.
Jean is the Latino Outreach Coordinator at AIDS Alabama.
Cesar has lived in Birmingham, Alabama for 16 years. He started working as an immigrants’ rights activist around 2011 with the Alabama Coalition For Immigrant Justice (ACIJ). He also serves on the board of Greater Birmingham Ministries. He served as Adelante’s inaugural Organizing Fellow in 2017.
Associate Professor of Spanish and African American Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingam
Previous Board Members:
Benjamín Tzompaxtle Itehua
Dr. Carlos Alemán
Miguel Carpizo Ituarte
Pastor Tommy Morgan