Person

Hector Sanchez Barba

Nationality:

American

Occupation:

Racial Activist

Hector Sanchez Barba is the executive director of Mi Familia Vota, an organization that seeks to increase Democratic Party voter registration in Latino communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. [1] The organization also advocates for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) executive-branch legal-status grants and more generally for additional pathways to U.S. citizenship for illegal immigrants. [2]

Previously, Sanchez Barba was the executive director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. [3] He sat on the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council Committee on Immigration and the Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice. [4]

#BastaTrump

Under Sanchez Barba’s leadership, Mi Familia Vota ran advertisements during the 2020 presidential election advocating against President Donald Trump. The advertisements painted the Trump administration’s immigration policies in a negative light and urged voters to “vote for those who cannot.” [5] The campaign was titled #BastaTrump, which translates to “#EnoughTrump.” [6]

Youth Advocacy Summit

Under Sanchez Barba’s leadership, Mi Familia Vota branched into activist incubation by organizing the National Youth Advocacy Summit, an online Democratic Party-aligned activism summit for individuals aged 16-21. [7] The co-organizer of the summit was the left-of-center advocacy organization OCA-Asian Pacific Advocates. [8]

Biden Meeting with Latino Leaders

In 2021, Sanchez Barba organized a meeting between leaders in Latino communities across the United States and President Joe Biden to assist the Biden administration in its efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in Latino communities. [9]

Position on Staffing in Biden Administration

Sanchez Barba has advocated for mandated minimum ethnicity requirements for staffing the Biden administration. [10] Sanchez Barba argued that the Latino vote was instrumental in flipping Arizona and Pennsylvania to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, [11] and that the Biden administration should recognize the importance of the Latino vote by committing to staff 20 percent of his administration with Latinos. [12]

In the same article, Sanchez Barba noted that while the Biden Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, and Small Business Administration are all led by Latinos, he believed more representation was required, claiming that the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, and Department of Treasury require more Latinos in key leadership positions. [13]

References

  1. “Where We Are.” Mi Familia Vota. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.mifamiliavota.org/where-we-are/ ^
  2. “Immigration.” Mi Familia Vota. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.mifamiliavota.org/what-we-do/the-issues/immigration/ ^
  3. “Hector Sanchez Barba.” Mi Familia Vota. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.mifamiliavota.org/people/hector-sanchez-barba/ ^
  4. “Hector Sanchez Barba.” Mi Familia Vota. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.mifamiliavota.org/people/hector-sanchez-barba/ ^
  5. “#BastaTrump.” YouTube. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=92&v=LrH6h6RPmHg&feature=emb_logo ^
  6. “#BastaTrump.” YouTube. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=92&v=LrH6h6RPmHg&feature=emb_logo ^
  7. “2021 Youth Advocacy Summit.” OCA-Asian Pacific Advocates. Accessed March 10, 2022. http://www.ocahouston.org/programs/youth-advocacy-summit ^
  8. “2021 Youth Advocacy Summit.” Mi Familia Vota. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2021_yas ^
  9. Carrasquillo, Adrian. “Biden and Harris Host Hispanic Leaders at White House to Confront Lagging Latino Vaccinations” Newsweek. August 5, 2021. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.newsweek.com/biden-harris-host-hispanic-leaders-white-house-confront-lagging-latino-vaccinations-1616623 ^
  10. Murguía, Janet and Sanchez Barba, Hector. “Latinos deserve — and expect — equal representation in the Biden administration” Washington Post. February 10, 2021. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/10/latinos-deserve-expect-equal-representation-biden-administration/ ^
  11. Murguía, Janet and Sanchez Barba, Hector. “Latinos deserve — and expect — equal representation in the Biden administration” Washington Post. February 10, 2021. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/10/latinos-deserve-expect-equal-representation-biden-administration/ ^
  12. Murguía, Janet and Sanchez Barba, Hector. “Latinos deserve — and expect — equal representation in the Biden administration” Washington Post. February 10, 2021. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/10/latinos-deserve-expect-equal-representation-biden-administration/ ^
  13. Murguía, Janet and Sanchez Barba, Hector. “Latinos deserve — and expect — equal representation in the Biden administration” Washington Post. February 10, 2021. Accessed March 10, 2022. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/10/latinos-deserve-expect-equal-representation-biden-administration/ ^
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