Andrea Rojas Solari
Andrea is Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at Polaris. She leads all Mexico-related initiatives, manages and oversees the Mexico team, and carries out strategic planning and advocacy campaigns to build a robust infrastructure of protection and prevention between the United States and Mexico.
Andrea has spent over 14 years building capacity and expanding the delivery of social services of NGOs in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. As a human rights attorney, she began her career working with torture survivors at Exil Center in Barcelona, Spain. She led new initiatives securing EU and UN funds to provide psychological support to juvenile torture victims. She spearheaded the founding of an affiliate organization, Exil Chile.
Andrea continued her program management work at the U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants (USCRI) in wide-ranging roles. She was instrumental in building the capacity of Post-Release Services program to respond to the 2014 humanitarian crisis of the influx of children crossing the border. She managed over a million dollars in grants to partner organizations each year and supported these organizations in scaling-up their operations. She helped expand USCRI’s international reach with the founding of USCRI’s El Salvador office to improve the protection and welfare of repatriated children. As Program Officer for Trafficking Victim Assistance program, she focused on enhancing access and services and built a strong network of community organizations to serve trafficking survivors.