Kevin Amaya

Associate Director

Kevin Amaya is a 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 co-founded and directed the student organization Kennesaw State Student Union for Peace and Human Rights and was an op-ed writer for the campus newspaper. He also volunteered with Project Amal ou Salam in Lebanon, where he spent a week empowering Syria’s refugee children to rebuild their country and work for peace. After earning his BA in International 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 very 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, enjoys to travel and will always accept a good recommendation to a new restaurant.

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