I’ve been a staunch advocate for im/migrant rights for nearly twenty years.  My activism started when i was an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara when i joined other students to fight the racist and anti-immigrant proposition 187…i haven’t stopped fighting since.

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns

I am a member of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (  [RR1] NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States

CARE Project

In January 2011, I partnered with the Filipino Community Center (FCC) of San Francisco ( , [RR2] a NAFCON member organization to launch a participatory action research project focused specifically on caregivers. The CARE Project aims to equip caregivers with the tools to gather and analyze information themselves about their living and working conditions so that they can strategize on actions to respond to their needs. Together with staff from the FCC and Dr. Valerie Francisco, we offered caregivers research training. As of October 2013, the caregivers have successfully gathered over fifty interviews of their peers and have taken steps to form their own organization, Migrante-International, San Francisco, which they launched in December 2012.

The CARE Project has been launched by different community organizations across the state of California. Anakbayan Silicon Valley, and the Filipino Migrant Center have been gathering research on caregivers in the South Bay (San Jose area), and throughout Southern California.

Community Educational Work

In addition to my work with the FCC on the CARE Project, I do a wide-range of educational work for NAFCON’s member organizations. Since 2011, I have done workshops on my book, Migrants for Export, with member organizations of NAFCON and in 2012, I helped to produce a primer ( on President Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals.


Critical Filipino/Filipina Scholars Collective

I was a founding member of the CFFSC. Here is its working mission statement:

As an activist-scholar group, the Critical Filipina and Filipino Studies Collective (CFFSC) seeks to organize educators and scholars to interrogate and challenge histories of Western imperialisms (Spanish and U.S. imperialisms), ongoing neocolonial relations in the Philippines, and their relationship to past and present Filipina/o migrations.  We claim our roots in the anti-imperialist and anti-fascist struggles of the Filipina/o people from which a critical nationalist Philippine Studies was born and the student movements of the 1960s in the U.S. that gave rise to Ethnic Studies. We propose that the field of Critical Filipina/o Studies focuses on the relationship between the history of Empire and the Filipina/o diaspora.

As interdisciplinary scholars in the fields of Asian American and Pacific Islander studies; Philippine studies; political economy; critical globalization studies; and race, gender, and sexuality studies, the members of CFFSC are dedicated to political activism and social criticism through teaching, research, and scholarship.  Our academic work highlights the histories and continuing legacies of Empire for Filipinas/os in the Philippines and in the global diaspora, the struggle of Filipinas/os against the colonial ideology of white supremacy, neocolonial conditions in the Philippines, and global capitalist expansion.  CFFSC supports and works with community and grassroots organizations for people’s rights that provide a people’s agenda for the advancement of livelihood, dignity, respect, and empowerment for Filipinas and Filipinos in the Philippines, the United States, and in the global diaspora