WHO WE ARE
WHO WE ARE
The AfroResistance team is a dedicated group of advocates committed to realizing the organization's vision and securing the human rights of people of African descent. With the support of extraordinary activists around the world, we foster and deepen ties of international political solidarity to support racial justice movements in the Americas.
Janvieve Williams Comrie
Janvieve Williams Comrie is a Black and Latina human rights strategist, trainer and organizer with a deep commitment to assist in the building of powerful social movements for racial justice and human rights. She has worked in a variety of fields and for several human rights institutions, including the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights Regional Office Central America, where she coordinated a regional program on race and racism. Janvieve is internationally recognized for her work with Afrodescendent communities.
Janvieve sits on the Board of Directors of Praxis Project, and on the Regional Advisory Committee for Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR). She has recently been awarded a Soros Equality Fellowship (2018-2020). She is mother to two amazing children and lives in the Bronx New York with her life partner.
Ana Paula Barreto
Ana Paula Barreto is a Program Director for AfroResistance in New York. She is a researcher on migration, global health and inequalities with special focus on women and girls of color.
Ana has more than ten years of experience as human rights professional, working in the Americas and Africa. Ana is one of the recipients of the 2018 United Nations Fellowship for People of African descent due to her work on police brutality and the role of media to legitimate violence against racialized groups.
She is the co-founder of Projeto 111, a project that teaches young people in the favelas how to use media tools to tell their own stories and disrupt the status quo through storytelling, and the co-founder of the Kilomba Collective, the first Black collective formed by Black Brazilians in the United States.
Marry Ferreira is AfroResistance’s first fellow. She is a master's student in Public Media at Fordham University and a media researcher on challenges faced by women in and around the media.
Marry is currently an IAWRT Youth Representative at the United Nations, where she works to bring young leaders and NGOs to actively work together to advance the UN agenda and advocate for black women's rights.
She has been one of the organizers of the March for Black Women in the United States in the past two years, and is part of the NYC4CEDAW Act Steering Committee. Marry is the co-founder of the Kilomba Collective, the first Black collective formed by Black Brazilian women in the United States, and is an international columnist at Revista Afirmativa.
Dinah Ortiz-Adames is a community activist who has fought for over 13 years for Black and Brown. A Harm Reductionist who has no issues sharing her story of past chaotic substance use nationally and a fierce advocate for parents in the child welfare system.
She has worked for several nonprofit organizations and developed her advocacy skills along the way. From working with formerly incarcerated women to women with a history of domestic violence, Ms. Ortiz-Adames has tried to give voice to the unheard. Participating in various platforms speaking out on issues affecting parents particularly mothers targeted due to substance use disorder.
There’s a feeling of neglect when it comes to Black people, because they are not seen or heard and she is working diligently to make sure that their voices are heard and their faces are seen because they are here and here to stay. For her, just because they speak Spanish, it doesn’t mean they won’t get shot in the back just like every other Black person out in the streets, therefore what you see is what you get. An Afro Latina who speaks Spanish but is 100% black.
Sara is an activist at the Proceso de Comunidades Negras (Black Communities Process) and was elected President of the Consejo Comunitario Alto Mira y Frontera in 2014, in Colombia.
She has denounced different types of violence in her home country and has experienced persecutions and threats by armed groups. After denouncing constant threats and being forced to resign as Vice President of the Consejo Comunitario Alto Mira y Frontera, Sara was politically persecuted by the Colombian State and deprived of liberty from April 2018 to July 2019.
Due to all the situations of persecution and threats received, Sara did not take her position as Vice President of the Consejo Comunitario Alto Mira y Frontera, where she was elected in 2018.