Who We Are

Enrique Morones is a Human Rights activist born in San Diego to Mexican parents who instilled in him a deep love for Mexico, spiritual faith and social justice.  He is driven by the passage “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink.” Matthew 25:35

Enrique has a history of firsts—In 1998 he was the first person to be granted dual citizenship with Mexico, the first president of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Vice President in Major League Sports with the San Diego Padres bringing the first ever regular season games outside the US/Canada, the President and Founder of House of Mexico and President and Founder of Border Angels (saving migrant lives), an all volunteer group.

Enrique has been featured on NBC, CNN, CBS, BBC, NPR, Univision’s Don Francisco Presenta, Televisa Nacional, Rocio en Telemundo and in countless other international media around the world. He frequently lectures and has more than held his own on shows with Bill O’Reilly and Lou Dobbs.  Morones promotes the TRUTH about the migrant community.

As a founder of GENTE UNIDA (a human rights border coalition) in May of 2005, he has led the national effort against the vigilante Minutemen soundly shutting them down in California. He is recognized as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the USA by HISPANIC BUSINESS MAGAZINE and his recognitions include being FRONTLINE HUMAN RIGHTS international awardee for his lifelong dedication to Human Rights,2009 National Human Rights Award, presented by Mexican President Felipe Caldron, 2010 California Spirit Award, presented, Gil Cedillo, and the Bishop  Buddy Alumni award presented by “USD” University San Diego.

Gente Unida Board of Directors

Nicole Ramos, Esq.

Nicole Ramos – Nicole Ramos is the Director of Al Otro Lado’s Border Rights Project. The project provides legal orientation to migrants in Tijuana, Mexico who wish to present themselves to U.S. authorities to seek asylum, conducts daily human rights monitoring at the port-of-entry, and engages in broader legislative, medial, and legal advocacy to challenge systemic human rights violations committed by state actors. Outside of Al Otro Lado, Nicole frequently serves as a guest lecturer at law schools, universities, professional associations, and community groups across the country.

 

Josefina Lopez

Josefina Lopez is an award-winning Screenwriter/Playwright/Novelist and Performer who co-wrote the screenplay to the Sundance Audience Award winner, Real Women Have Curves. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater Art Space in Boyle Heights, where she presents plays, film festivals, teaches and empowers a new generation of Latino and women writers. 

Ari Honarvar

Ari Honarvar is the founder of Rumi With A View, dedicated to building music and poetry bridges across war-torn and conflict-ridden borders. She conducts Resilience through Joy workshops for refugees and volunteers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Erica Alfaro

Erica Alfaro is a business owner, keynote speaker, Latino Education Advocate and the Vice-president of Toastmasters. An Educational organization that promotes the skills of communication, public speaking and Leadership.  Erica often speaks to middle school, High school, community college and undergrad students across the country. Her story made headlines all over the world when her graduation pictures went viral.

Juan Rosas

Juan Rosas – Juan Rosas has been an educator for more than 20 years. He also dedicates his work to advocate for immigrants and to encourage widespread community involvement, addressing social injustices experienced by migrants. Juan runs Gente Unida in San Bernardino, at which they advocate for undocumented students by presenting at local districts, schools and local universities, advising undocumented students and families on how to attend colleges and universities.