Yanira Arias joined the Alianza Americas staff team in August, 2014 followed by the need for coordinated actions in response to the detention and stigmatization of thousands of Central American children and their families at the U.S southern border. By December 2014 she became Alianza Americas new National Campaigns Manger. A native of El Salvador, she brings more than a decade of experience in the field of public health, with special expertise in community mobilization and participation, community organizing and capacity building to address health disparities and social justice issues. From 2003 to 2012 Yanira was part of the Latino Commission on AIDS in New York, where she served as Director of Community Organizing for the Latinos in the Deep South. In that role, she led the development and implementation of the Dennis deLeon Sustainable Leadership Institute for emerging leaders in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. She is a member of the Executive Committee of Salvadoran American National Network (SANN) and has been an active Alianza Americas member for many years. Yanira graduated from the University of El Salvador in 1996, one of the top two Colleges in the country, with a focus on journalism. Yanira is based in the Bay Area of northern California, home of our member CARECEN of San Francisco.