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Erika Andiola    

Chief Advocacy Officer of RAICES & DREAMer

Erika Andiola is a DREAMer and the Chief Advocacy Officer for RAICES, a nonprofit providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees.

She was previously Political Director of Our Revolution, a progressive American political action organization which educates voters about issues, gets people involved in the political process and works to organize and elect progressive candidates. Our Revolution was spun out of Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, where Andiola served as the Press Secretary for Latino Outreach.

Previously, Andiola was a Congressional Staffer for Arizona Congresswoman, Kyrsten Sinema. She is the co-founder of the Dream Action Coalition and started her community organizing experience when she co-founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. As well, she served on the National Coordinating Committee and the Board of Directors for the United We Dream Network.

In 2017, she was involved in a protest at the Texas State Capitol against rescinding DACA in Texas. Andiola was involved in the group Our Revolution's decision to part ways with Tezlyn Figaro, whose Fox News appearances and tweets criticized the Democratic Party’s focus on “illegal immigrants.”

Andiola's personal struggle as an undocumented woman, with an undocumented family, has given her the drive and the passion to keep fighting for immigrant and human rights. She is originally from Durango, Mexico, but immigrated to Mesa, Arizona, with her family, when she was 11 years old.

Andiola graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. degree in Psychology in 2009. While at Arizona State University, she was voted to be the first President and lead organizer of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, where she had the opportunity to help mobilize hundreds of students to fight for the passage of the DREAM Act legislation. She was also part of Cadena, which is a group of educators and students whose main purpose is to protect undocumented students from deportation and to promote the passage of the DREAM Act in Arizona.

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