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Esthefanie Solano, 2024 Virtual

Esthef is a queer, CaliMexicana raised in Boyle Heights, California who has been organizing since the age of 15. Raised by a single, immigrant mother, Esthef learned how exploitation, broken immigration laws, and disinvestments in high need neighborhoods took a toll on families’ wellbeing. Organizing became the tool she used to heal, transform and empower her community and herself. Esthef has organized alongside youth and parents on campaigns that have led to a drastic increase in equitable school funding, secured the construction of a comprehensive school based wellness center and won landmark tenant protections for Angelenos and LA County residents. Esthef enjoys learning about restorative justice and herbal and traditional ways of healing.