Miguel E. Andrade was born in Buga, Colombia and immigrated to the U.S when he was 5 years old. He has been active in Philadelphia’s Latinx-Immigrant community since late 2008 after getting involved in community activism at the age of 17, since then has become one of Philadelphia’s leading young voices for immigrant rights, education equity and human rights. He honed his skills in citizen journalism & TV hosting while volunteering with the Media Mobilizing Project where in 2010 he co-founded, produced and hosted “MMPTV” a TV news & analysis program that aired online as well as Public Access Cable starting his journey in movement communications.
After joining the team of the immigrant rights nonprofit Juntos in 2011 he co-founded one of Philadelphia’s only latino-immigrant youth leadership programs in the organization and helped to highlight the experiences of latinx-immigrant youth in the city of Philadelphia. His passion for intersectional social justice also led him to work with the city’s only Queer-Latinx Social Justice Organization, Galaei, first as a board member and then as Interim Executive Director. He also worked as a Paralegal at one of Philadelphia’s immigration law firms where he was able to gain a a legal understanding of the country’s immigration system. Because of his work in community activism and empowerment he was honored by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014 with the “Hero Among Us” and is currently a fellow with the ReFrame Mentorship Program.