We Belong Together Staff

Andrea Mercado - Co-Chair

Andrea Mercado

Andrea Cristina Mercado is the daughter of South American immigrants, the mother of two young girls, and the Campaign Director at the National Domestic Worker Alliance. Andrea was an organizer at Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), a grassroots Latina immigrant women’s organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, for eight years. At MUA she led the California Domestic Worker Coalition, which successfully passed a statewide Domestic Worker Bill of Rights into law and co-founded the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Andrea has appeared in the New York Times, Breitbart, Washington Post and on CNN en Espanol, Univision, MSNBC All in with Chris Hayes, and several international television news programs. She has served on the boards of the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, DataCenter: Research for Justice, and Hand in Hand: the Domestic Employers Association. Andrea holds a B.A. from Brown University. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and is based in South Florida.

Miriam Yeung - Co-Chair

Miriam Yeung

Miriam W. Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) guides the country’s only national, multi-issue, progressive organization dedicated to social justice and human rights for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the US.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the projects of Brooklyn, Miriam is a proud queer Asian-American immigrant woman activist who is committed to social-justice movement building and raising her two young daughters to be fearless. Miriam holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College and a bachelor’s from New York University.

Anna Duncan -- Campaign Organizer

Anna Duncan

Anna Duncan is a community organizer with over ten years of experience working with labor, immigrant rights and anti-gentrification movements. As Campaign Organizer she coordinates field organizing, partnership development and mobilization and action planning for the campaign. Prior to joining We Belong Together she organized with migrant farm workers in Ohio and worked for seven years at the Latino Economic Development Center in her hometown of Washington, DC, organizing with low-income tenants to stop displacement and create stable affordable housing. Anna is an experienced Spanish-English interpreter and is committed to building language justice within our movements and supporting organizations to develop their multilingual capacity. She is also passionate about the role of music, art and culture in social justice movements, and is a founding member of Son Cosita Seria collective in DC.

Sameera Hafiz - Legislative and Policy Consultant

Sameera Hafiz

Sameera Hafiz is an independent consultant with experience in research and writing, strategy development, project management, legislative campaigns, training, public speaking and facilitation. Sameera’s substantive expertise is primarily in civil rights, racial justice, immigration, and combating violence against women. Until December of 2013, Sameera was the Director of Policy and Campaigns at Rights Working Group, a national coalition formed in the aftermath of September 11th to address human rights violations affecting communities of color in the United States. Previously, Sameera was a Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Momentum’s Immigrant Women Program where she engaged in national policy advocacy to promote reforms benefiting immigrant women.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and of the Georgetown University Law Center, Sameera began her career providing free legal services to homeless families, survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and immigrants. Sameera is fluent in Bengali and she currently lives in Washington, DC.