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About us

We are a team of people committed to creating diverse and inclusive spaces and opportunities, having a positive impact on our community.

The mission of Caminamos Juntos is to provide comprehensive services and accompaniment to Mexicans who have been deported from the U.S. and their families, who do not have a strong local support network and need assistance to integrate into the San Miguel de Allende community.

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Nicole Rayas - Office Manager

I'm Nicole Rayas Office Manager at Caminamos Juntos. Before starting my work with CJ, my family and I were participants in the Caminamos Juntos program when my husband was deported to Mexico in 2018. In 2019, I became part of the CJ team to help deportees acclimate to living in Mexico again and I hope to support in relieving the stress that this generates. Outside of CJ, I have a personal shopping service that I do with my husband. We also love to travel and enjoy Mexican culture.

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Karen Ocampo - Social Media Manager

My name is Karen, I have worked in different social organizations with a special emphasis on social communication. I like to communicate ideas, feelings or portray realities in graphics or photographs. My love for this profession lies in the fact that I consider it to be a powerful tool for civil organizations. Graphic design or visual materials are capable of creating awareness of social justice, connecting with the audience, and/or contributing to raising awareness of any cause.

 

I am part of Caminamos Juntos because I want to contribute to the well-being of lives that require our solidarity. Also, because I am part of an incredible team that inspires me every day.

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Ariel Díaz - Education Coordinator

Hi, I'm Ariel Díaz, I was born in San Miguel de Allende and I trained at the Autonomous University of Querétaro as a criminologist and social psychologist, where I began to collaborate with social organizations that worked with people in vulnerable situations. In those spaces, a need for social justice grew in me, as well as the desire that all people have access to a dignified life.

Currently, I direct the Education Program, where I have the possibility to contribute to others with my experience, and which in turn is a place where I learn a lot from the people I live with, each of them is teaching me and they contribute to the creation of a safe space, in which they can talk, live, laugh, share, know, and create intention.

 

It takes much more energy to move forward when there is no one by your side, here in Caminamos Juntos we aim to rely on each other and become a family for those in need of support.

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Samantha Silva - Executive Director

My name is Samantha and I was born in Acapulco. I have a Marketing background from the Universidad Interamericana. I have worked for many years to promote Mexican culture around the world. I volunteer with community organizations to promote the commonality of women's issues across cultures, to raise awareness in their communities of their challenges, and to celebrate their achievements and contributions. Now, I have the opportunity to lead Caminamos Juntos and develop programs to support the integration and settlement of Mexicans deported from the United States and their families.

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Karen Salgado - Community Integration Coordinator

I am Karen Salgado of Honduran nationality and I am an intern for a Bachelor of Business Administration. I am currently the Community Integration Coordinator at Caminamos Juntos in San Miguel de Allende. I'm proud of belonging to this work team doing a very important job in giving the families of Mexican nationals the opportunity to create a community and a support network in their country.

Board of Directors

Sandy Furrh

Social Justice Advocate / Therapist

President

Marc Berube

Leadership, Management and Development Expert

Vice President

Paul Carlino

Tax Attorney

Treasurer

Mario López

Architect

Secretary

Paula Anaya

Psychologist

Board Member

Nancy Landa

Migration Project Manager

Board Member

Gina Rodríguez

Human Rights Activist

Board Member

Lee Ragsdale

Academic

Board Member