Nathan Berger is currently the Long Island Coordinator. Since September 2014 Nathan has been coordinating the Long Island JFW Legislative Campaign as well as Long Island farmworkers empowerment and outreach programs. Nathan graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 2013. During his time at the colleges he interned at RMM's Liturgia Worker Education Center in Western New York. His...

Andrés Chamorro, artist / educator / activist, has led the Youth Arts Group of Rural & Migrant Ministry since 2004, where he guides young people in using the arts to create social justice. Prior to joining RMM, he spent 8 years at the Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, providing arts education to inner city youth, teachers, and adults. Mr. Chamorro also formed Art for Change,...

Jose is originally from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and as a youth worked and traveled with his family as a migrant farmworker in the fields of the panhandles of Texas and Iowa. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he majored in American Studies with a concentration in Ethnic Studies. Jose worked as a paralegal and accredited representative focusing on immigration in...

Katia Chapman joined RMM in 2012 after graduating from Vassar College with a BA in Latin American/ Latinx Studies and Education. At RMM, she has taken the lead on diverse projects from Intern and Fellowship Coordination, to college preparation workshops and mentorship within the youth groups. Katia is currently a MA student in the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis at Teachers...

West recently moved to New York after living and working for 20 years on the U.S.-Mexico border, where he founded Project Puente to do educational work along the border and Casa Puente, a hospitality house which serves the needs of interns and volunteers working in the non-profit sector in El Paso. Prior to this West served as a Lay Missioner with Maryknoll, living and working for eight years...

Ruth Faircloth, Rural Women’s Assembly Outreach Coordinator was born in Florida to remarkable farmworking parents. Ruth migrated with her family to the fields of New York State. She has been in the forefront of empowering rural communities for decades, having helped found the youth organization, UNITY as well as the Daughters of Sarah, an ecumenical women's leadership development and support...

Gerardo Gutierrez Jr. Esq., is the founder of the Gutierrez Law Firm which provides legal counseling and representation to the immigrant/Hispanic community of the Hudson Valley, as well as educating the community about their civil rights. His experience spans a broad range of government, federal and state agencies as well as the public and private sectors.

Dawn hurley has a background in education and sees education as a key tool of empowerment. She has taught in a variety of settings from a public High School in the South Bronx, to a private school in Kigali, Rwanda to adult ESL in Brooklyn. While living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dawn broke away from the classroom to join with a number of young Congolese women to start a fair trade...

Laura Lecour, Managing Director, has worked for over 25 years as an advocate on behalf of children and migrant farmworkers beginning as a Daycare Provider, then a Tutor/Advocate with Migrant Education, an Interpreter/Translator and currently as Managing Director of RMM. She has a B.S. in Marketing and Management from New York University, and is currently working toward her M.P.A. at Marist...

Sakima is an Iraqi war veteran who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Engineering, and went on to get her Master's in Business with a minor in Accounting. She is a Board Member of the Dutchess County Mental Health of America, sits on the City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board, and a social member of the Exempt Firemen Association. Sakima was the first...

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