Juan (he/him) was born and raised in the north of Mexico. He is a former international student with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from SFU and has been living in unceded Coast Salish Territories since 2016. He has been working with and advocating for migrant workers since 2019 and has previous experience working with international students. As a racialized immigrant and advocate for migrant worker’s rights, Juan has witnessed firsthand the exploitation and workplace violations committed against documented and undocumented migrant workers in Canada. As a Settlement Worker with MOSAIC’s Migrant Workers Program, he provides support to migrant workers who have experienced workplace violence, workplace abuse, threats of deportation and are in vulnerable situations because of a power imbalance crated by employer-specific work permits. As an advocate, Juan is vocal about the necessity for a radical change to Canada’s immigration system, including Permanent Resident status for all immigrants, and better laws to protect the dignity and human rights of all workers in Canada.
Juan is committed to help strengthen the capacity that exists within the migrant workers community through organized advocacy, awareness, and accessible learning. He is always searching for new collaboration opportunities to learn from other organizers and activists that also operate within an anti-capitalist and anti-oppressive framework. Juan hopes he can accumulate and share more knowledge rooted in antipatriarchal and anticolonial ways of learning while he explores better ways to create radical changes in the workplace rights and immigration systems.
In his free time Juan loves to see live theatre, attend live music shows, be outside, go on short daytrips with friends, swim, and take unnecessary ferry rides in hopes to one day see a whale.