Pierre Uwimana was born and raised in Rwanda and went to college in Kenya where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Finance. Upon completing his studies, Pierre played a significant role in rebuilding his country of Rwanda that was torn apart by the genocide which happened in his country in 1994. During his service in Rwanda, he started as Program Expert in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, he later moved to Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency as Deputy Managing Director in charge of Export Promotion. After a successful service, he was promoted to Kigali City Manager. As he kept on growing in his professional life, Pierre realized that his passion to see the most vulnerable lifted out of misery is not being realized as he wanted to, he decided to move to a service in non-profit organization and he joined World Relief Rwanda where he served to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable in the capacity of Program Director. In 2010 when the earthquake broke in Haiti, his passion compelled him to move to this Caribbean country and he served as Country Director for World Concern Haiti. In January 2014, Pierre and his family immigrated to United States and upon arriving he joined World Relief again in its refugee resettlement program and he was helping refugees and other immigrants to integrate into American Society as responsible citizens. In his tenure in all these roles, Pierre has seen various lives of the needy beneficiaries lifted to a satisfactory life changing level and he strives to keep seeing lives of his community and other communities in general changed and uplifted. Pierre is married and during his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing with his children and learning more about investment opportunities. He also enjoys riding a bike. Pierre joins Florida Immigrant Coalition as A Refugee Organizer.
A native of Haiti, Pedmarlin Occelus moved to the United States when he was eleven years old. He has been living in the state of Florida ever since. He attended and graduated from Valencia College with an Associate Degree and from Florida Atlantic University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Before joining FLIC, he was a Regional Field Director in a Climate Focus role. Another role Pedmarlin has excelled at is sales. He is a licensed real estate professional. Being a realtor and witnessing how climate change affects real estate prices, immigrants, and low-income communities, made him even more passionate about Climate Justice. His hobbies include reading, traveling, candle-making, and helping those in need.
Paula Muñoz was born in Bogota, Colombia, and when she was 7 years old. As an immigrant, her passion has been to fight for the rights of all immigrants who like her and her family, came for safety and in hopes of a better life in the U.S. She became involved in the immigrant rights in 2011 while organizing with youth against mass incarceration and prison divestment with Students Working for Equal Rights. As the Director of Campaigns she works with a team of issue based organizers and coordinators who are strategically building power to push national, statewide and local policy around issues that impact our membership and communities.
Born and raised in Miami, Yareliz grew up listening to her Nicaraguan family’s immigration stories and constantly draws inspiration from them. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in English and History, as well as a Minor in Latin American Studies. She was a coordinator of the Latin@ Diaspora in the Americas Program, a Student Government Senator, interned at the Broward Public Defender’s Office, was an ambassador at La Casita, a contributor for The Huffington Post Latino Voices, and is 1/6th of the online Latina Rebels collective. Currently, she is earning her Master’s degree at the University of Miami in Community and Social Change. Yareliz is passionate about centering voices that were deliberately silenced, a proud feminist, and lives by the Gloria Anzaldua quote “Wild tongues cannot be tamed, only cut out.