Andrea Mercado - Director of Campaigns at the National Domestic Worker Alliance (NDWA)
The daughter of immigrants from South America, Andrea has been organizing in communities of color and immigrant communties for over a decade. She leads nationally recognized campaigns for domestic worker rights and directs the We Belong Together campaign. Andrea is one of the co-founders of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and played a leadership role in building the California Domestic Worker Coalition, a statewide effort to include domestic workers in labor laws, which successfully passed Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Legislation in 2013. She was the Political Director and Lead Organizer at Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), a grassroots Latina immigrant women’s organization in the San Francisco Bay Area for eight years. Previously, she lived and worked in Bahia, Brazil with IPETERRAS, a sustainable agriculture project organizing against free trade agreements, and as Global Justice Organizer for the Miami Workers Center. Andrea, a mother of two, resides in South Florida.
Anna Duncan - Campaign Organizer
Anna Duncan is a community organizer with over a decade 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 - Advocacy Director
Sameera Hafiz is the Advocacy Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). In this role, Sameera directs the Beyond Survival campaign to end the human trafficking of domestic workers and oversees the policy work of the We Belong Together campaign to mobilize women in support of reforms that honor the needs of immigrant women. Prior to joining NDWA Sameera provided independent consulting services to an array of non-governmental organizations and philanthropic institutions by sharing her experience in immigration policy, combatting violence against women and racial justice work.
Previously Sameera served as the Director of Policy and Campaigns at Rights Working Group, a national coalition that addresses racial profiling and other human rights violations affecting communities of color in the United States. Sameera was also a Senior Staff Attorney with the Legal Momentum Immigrant Women Program where she provided training and technical assistance to service providers and law enforcement officials on issues impacting immigrant women, in addition to seeking policy reforms benefiting survivors of gender-based violence.
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, a mother of two, is fluent in Bengali and currently resides in Washington, DC.