Francisca Porchas Coronado, Founder & Director

Francisca Porchas Coronado is a Mexican immigrant, Chicana, Latinx, feminist, and anti-racist organizer with over 17 years of experience in social justice movements. Francisca has worked on issues of civil rights, environmental and climate justice, criminalization, and immigration at the intersection of race and class at a local and national level.  As former Organizing Director of Puente Human Rights Movement in Phoenix she has been one of the leading voices against deportations of migrants in the country. 

In 2017,  Francisca was the recipient of the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship that led her to create the Latinx Therapist Action Network. She is the co-founder and lead trainer of Resilient Strategies, a healing justice project  transforming the impact of systems on our bodies, our behaviors, and the organizations we build as a critical part of the process to liberation. Currently she produces and hosts Mijente’s La Cura Podcast on decolonizing our health and reclaiming our healing.  She has been initiated into the ancient, indigenous Yoruba tradition of IFA for over a decade and is currently a priestess in training.

diana Perez-Ramirez, Program Director

Diana Perez-Ramirez is a community health worker, apprentice midwife, language justice worker and public health practitioner working in different fronts to build our collective capacity to organize and care for each other. Her own lived experience as a migrant kid growing up undocumented in anti-immigrant so called Arizona was her entry point into the migrant justice movement, community health work, anti police repression and prisoner solidarity work.

She is a founding member of Puente Human Rights Movement, a founding member of Phoenix Allies for Community Health and served as member chair of the membership committee at Families for Freedom in NYC.  She has been involved in the movement to abolish prison slavery, including supporting the prison strikes of 2016 and 2018 and the liberation of US political prisoners. Her other passion involves organizing and elevating the Community Health Worker workforce in the different settings where they build stronger healthier communities.

Hugo Pérez Trejo, Membership Coordinator

Hugo is a sociologist and archaeologist. He studied in Mexico and most of his career has been focused on social justice issues. For Hugo, empathy and equity towards all people can make a difference in any relationship, whether professional or personal. He has collaborated with several nonprofit organizations working on issues such as human rights, migration, indigenous rights, and youth in at-risk communities in central and southern Mexico, and some other historically marginalized populations. 

Hugo has deep knowledge of the cultural frameworks, needs and challenges faced by many Latinx people in the U.S., including the complex issues related to immigration. His own immigration experience, in addition to his work with BorderLinks, Inicia, and the Kansas Rural Center, have uniquely equipped Hugo to work with migrant communities in general, and Latinx communities specifically.

In his free time, he likes to cook, travel, eat new foods, garden, and watch sunsets in a hammock at the beach. He is also a cat lover and cannot live without Tacos al Pastor and spicy peppers.

Hugo es sociólogo y arqueólogo. Estudió en México y la mayor parte de su carrera se ha centrado en temas de justicia social. Para Hugo, la empatía y la equidad hacia todas las personas pueden marcar la diferencia en cualquier relación, ya sea profesional o personal. Ha colaborado con varias organizaciones sin fines de lucro que trabajan en temas como derechos humanos, migración, derechos indígenas y jóvenes en comunidades en riesgo en el centro y sur de México, y algunas otras poblaciones históricamente marginadas.

Hugo tiene un profundo conocimiento de los marcos culturales, las necesidades y los desafíos que enfrentan muchas personas latinas en los EE. UU., incluidos los complejos problemas relacionados con la inmigración. Su propia experiencia de inmigración, además de su trabajo con BorderLinks, Inicia y Kansas Rural Center, han equipado a Hugo de manera única para trabajar con las comunidades de inmigrantes en general y con las comunidades latinxs en particular.

En su tiempo libre, le gusta cocinar, viajar, comer alimentos nuevos, hacer jardinería y ver atardeceres en una hamaca en la playa. También es un amante de los gatos y no puede vivir sin Tacos al Pastor y chiles picantes.

Jeanette Charles, Program Coordinator

Jeanette Charles, is a proud daughter of the Haitian Diaspora and German working class, born and raised in a predominantly Central American and Mexican community in Los Angeles, CA. She is a historian pursuing her PhD in the African Diaspora of Latin America and the Caribbean at UCLA (M.A. ‘19). Jeanette is also an international solidarity activist, language justice interpreter, writer/editor, and independent journalist with background in radio, television, film, and multimedia production. She was based in Latin America and the Caribbean for nearly a decade leading people-to-people exchanges, organizing human rights programs, and covering grassroots news for alternative media outlets with organizations like the Chiapas Support Committee, Witness for Peace, and teleSUR English among others. 

Jeanette is the founder of Ìyá Global, a coaching, consulting, educational travel, and media hub grounded at the crossroads of storytelling, social justice, African spirituality, and international bridge-building. She became a certified life coach in 2020 and is a graduate of Scripps College with a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Selma de Leon-Yznaga

Selma de Leon-Yznaga is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In addition to 28 years of experience as a school teacher, school counselor, licensed professional counselor/supervisor, and counselor educator, Dr. Yznaga has held numerous leadership positions in the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). In 2007, Dr. Yznaga founded Texas Counselors for Social Justice, a division of TCA dedicated to addressing the oppression and marginalization of ethnic and social minorities. She continues to engage in scholarship and advocacy related to Latinx issues, speaking to and training mental health professionals and community organizers across the country in order to raise awareness and support for Latinx communities. Most recently, her research interests include the agency and resilience of Central American child migrants and the criminalization of immigrants.

We are NOT a service provider.  The directory is meant to be only a resource for all those who identify as Latinx or have ancestral roots in Latin America and anyone engaged in advancing the human rights and dignity of Latinx migrant communities across the United States. This directory is a list of mental health professionals and not a recommendation or guarantee of quality service by LTAN.  We highly encourage everyone to research and consult directly with providers before beginning services with them to ensure it is a good fit.  

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