Andrea V. Duarte-Alonso
Andrea Valeria Duarte-Alonso is a Lead for America Hometown Fellow with the Southwest Initiative Foundation and the Immigrant Law Center of MN. She's also one of four fellows of the Rural Women's Collective with Justice for Migrant Women. Andrea grew up across the Midwest in small towns such as Dodge City, Kansas, Postville, Iowa, Marshalltown, Iowa, Madison, Nebraska, Plainwell Michigan, and Worthington, Minnesota. Her Mexican parents and their work in beef-processing plants influenced Andrea's passion for rural communities and immigrants.
In 2016, Andrea created a storytelling platform of 1st and 2nd generation immigrants living in Greater Minnesota. This project came about due to negative rhetoric towards immigrants, but also with the intension of sharing stories that are often left unheard in rural communities. Stories from Unheard Voices can be found at www.storiesfromunheardvoices.com and on Instagram @unheardvoicesmn.
Andrea is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a Young Women's Initiative Innovator with the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. She is a first-generation college graduate where she earned her degree at St. Catherine University with a B.A. in Political Science, Women's Studies, and English. She aspires to become an immigration lawyer and published author.