Pedro Rios serves as director of the AFSC’s U.S./Mexico Border Program and has been on staff with AFSC for nine years. He is also acting chairperson for the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, a coalition of over 25 different organizations in San Diego working to support the rights of immigrants.
A native San Diegan, Pedro has worked on immigrant rights and border issues for over 18 years. He became active on immigration issues in the early 1990s, when California was debating the passage of Proposition 187, the anti-immigrant initiative that was later ruled unconstitutional.
Currently, Pedro is overseeing a program that documents abuses by law enforcement agencies, working with many community groups, advocating for policy change, and interacting with migrant communities. Pedro has been widely interviewed and published by the Associated Press, San Diego Union, Univision, Pacifica Radio, among others.
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