Pedro Rios

Pedro Rios

(he/him) (he/him)

San Diego Program Director

Pedro Rios serves as director of the American Friends Service Committee’s U.S./Mexico Border Program and has been on staff with AFSC since 2003. He oversees a program that documents abuses by law enforcement agencies, collaborates with community groups, advocates for policy change, and works with migrant communities to build collective leadership locally and throughout the border region. He is a steering committee member and board member of several organizations that advocate for humane and dignified policies for the Southern Border.  These include the Southern Border Communities Coalition, the Friends of Friendship Park Coalition, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium. Pedro regularly volunteers with Water Stations, which sets up and services water stations in California’s Imperial County deserts to prevent migrant deaths. A native San Diegan, Pedro has worked on immigrant rights and border issues for over 25 years.  Pedro has a master’s degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.  Pedro is also a photographer and writer, often showcasing his work in local publications.

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