Kevin Amaya

Associate Director

Kevin Amaya is first generation Salvadoran-American born and raised in Metro Atlanta.  He has been a proud advocate for the Latino and immigrant community of Georgia since high school when he became a volunteer for El Refugio, a hospitality house for the families of detainees inside Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA. 

 During his undergraduate studies at Kennesaw State University, he interned for the Citizen Security Program at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) in Washington D.C. He also volunteered with Project Amal ou Salam in Lebanon, helping to empower Syria’s refugee children to rebuild their country and work for peace. After earning his BA in International Studies and minor in Latin American Studies, Kevin was a justice AmeriCorps paralegal for the Atlanta Field Office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). As a paralegal, Kevin assisted pro-bono attorneys defending unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings.

Kevin is passionate about working with Latino youth and having been the first in his family to graduate from college, he feels personally connected with the families he serves at LaAmistad. Kevin is an avid reader, writer, hip-hop fan, podcast listener and will always accept a recommendation to a new restaurant.

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