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Francesca Menes

Francesca Menes is the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC). She was born and raised in Miami's Little Haiti community. She graduated Cum Laude from Florida International University, earning her BA in Political Science and Women's Studies, was a 2008 Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholar and earned her Master's in Public Administration, with a certificate in Community Development.

Professional

Since 2010, Francesca has worked at the Florida Immigrant Coalition, a statewide immigrant rights organization, creating a foundation for intersectional social justice movements focused on worker’s rights, racial justice, criminal justice and women’s rights.

She leads strategic legislative, policy and voter engagement campaigns locally and statewide for the coalition. In partnership with community members and elected officials, she assists in drafting and proposing legislation that strengthens our families and our communities.

Francesca has co-coordinated the Florida Wage Theft Task Force, which led the passage of ordinances in several counties throughout the state. For 2 years, she coordinated a national network campaigning for Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. In 2014, she successfully led the statewide campaign “We Are Florida’s Future” to pass in-state tuition for undocumented students. In 2015, she led the campaign to establish the Office of New Americans of Miami-Dade County, a public-private partnership to promote naturalization.

During the 2016 legislative session, Francesca successfully co-coordinated the statewide campaign "We Are Florida's Families," which led to the defeat of 9 anti-immigrant and anti-refugee bills that would have criminalized immigrants who sought to reunite with their families and would have allowed the governor to use excessive force to block refugees from entering the state.

In addition to representing FLIC with various national organizations, she sits on the National Steering Committee of the Black Immigration Network and also co-coordinated the #Rights4ALLinDR, a broad coalition of organizations and individuals advocating for human rights and dignity in the Dominican Republic.

Service

While in college, Francesca was a student leader in several organizations, including Voices for Choice, the Young Activist Team of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast and the National Organization for Women (NOW) that helped in shaping her social and political perspectives.

After graduating college, Francesca served 2 years as an AmeriCorps member in the Public Allies program at Catalyst Miami that focuses on developing the next generation of leaders who are committed to long-term social change.

In 2014, Miami-Dade County (MDC) Commissioner Sally A. Heyman re-appointed Francesca to an additional 4-year term on the Commission for Women, where she is a past 2nd Vice-Chair. She also serves as Secretary of MDC Community Action Agency (CAA) Executive Board, appointed by past-Commission Chairman Jean Monestime.

Most recently, Francesca was elected Secretary of the Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC), State Committeewoman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, and Treasurer of the Florida Democratic Party. Francesca also served on the board of the Miami-Dade Young Democrats (MDYD) for the past 8 years and in 2015 completed a 2-year term as the Vice-President of Communications and Administration for MDYD.

Recognitions

Francesca has received numerous honors and recognitions, including being recognized as one of the Angels on Adams Street by Influence Magazine, named one of the 20 under 40 Emerging Leaders in South Florida by The Miami Herald, named one of Miami’s 40 Under 40 Young Black Leaders of Today & Tomorrow, named one of the 20 Under 40 Young Haitian-American Professionals by the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, the Haitian Lawyers Association Advocacy Award, City of Miami Gardens Unsung Hero Award.