COVID-19 Community Response Initiative

July 27th, 2020
Our Community Response Initiative includes food distribution in our immigrant communities and Black and Brown unity

In light of California’s and Los Angeles’ Stay at Home orders because of COVID-19, our office has ceased all on-site operations that are non-essential, including programming, community events, and our annual Central American Youth Leadership Conference. Our team is currently working remotely, maintaining virtual and telephonic communication with the youth and families we serve. 

This has challenged us to be creative in serving our community while safeguarding the health and wellness of our staff, who are all resilient individuals passionate about social justice. 

Amidst the current crisis, Homies Unidos launched our Community Response Initiative to mitigate some of the most immediate needs of our community. In addition to bi-weekly food distributions in Koreatown, Pico-Union and Westlake, we assemble care packages and deliver them to our youth and families, which include teen parents, single parents, undocumented and mixed-status households, formerly incarcerated individuals, families of currently-incarcerated individuals, and individuals experiencing homeless and food insecurity. 

Our community needs us now more than ever and we will continue distributing food and provide care packages to our community members as long as the need is ongoing and alleviates some of the stress and financial strain brought on by the current situation.

By supporting Homies Unidos’ Community Response Initiative you will help us continue to provide food and essential care items to those in our community most in need. To make your online tax-deductible donation, please click here DONATE. To make a donation by check or money order, please mail to: 2105 Beverly Blvd., Suite 203, Los Angeles, CA 90057 and writeCommunity Response Initiative on the memo.

We are also accepting donated goods such as essential care items, including: water bottles, toilet paper and toiletries, hand sanitizer, 99% isopropyl alcohol, aloe vera gel, hand soap, female hygiene products, diapers and infant care items. Please contact our Program Director, Ana Minauri (213) 282-0501 for more information. 

Homies Unidos 20th Anniversary

January 8th, 2020
Link to Homies Unidos Sponsorship and ticket information

Dear Friends of Homies Unidos,

In 2020, the Los Angeles chapter of Homies Unidos will be celebrating our twentieth-year anniversary as a non-profit organization. Over the last twenty years, there have been many times when we have rejoiced in the accomplishments of our members and community leaders, and there have been times when we have felt vulnerable and helpless. Our work was never meant to be easy, but the courage and resilience of our team members deserves recognition. 

Through the years, over 1,200 youth, parents, and community members have graduated from our Epiphany Project program, gaining life skills to become self-sufficient and make a positive impact on our community. We walked alongside individuals seeking personal transformation, supporting over 250 community members in the process of completely removing their tattoos through our collaboration with Sunrise Outreach Center. We have advocated tirelessly for the rights of immigrant youth and families, supported the community integration of over 200 unaccompanied and/or immigrant youth fleeing violence in their countries of origin, and worked with youth and families impacted by the nation’s incarceration-to-deportation pipelines.

We have organized over 7,000 youth, parents, educators, policy makers, formerly-incarcerated and currently-incarcerated individuals, and individuals directly impacted by the criminal (in)ustice and immigration systems, by providing political and legislative education workshops to promote civic engagement and community advocacy. We have demonstrated our civic engagement at local public and charter schools, college and university campuses, Los Angeles City Hall, and the California State Capitol, advocating for alternatives to incarceration, community violence intervention and prevention work, and denouncing the human rights abuses inflicted upon arriving immigrants at the Southern Border and deported Central American immigrants in their countries of origin.

The past twenty years have been challenging, but we will continue our efforts as long as youth, parents, and educators continue to seek support from our team. We must continue to advocate for, and with, the youth and families impacted by gang violence, socio-economic violence, gender-based violence, and state violence. We must remember those we have lost to the penal system, walking alongside them in their search for healing and redemption. 

As we enter a new decade, we envision creating more programs to provide job training and employment opportunities for youth to develop the skills needed for long-term success.  We envision reigniting and expanding our art program as an avenue to healing trauma created by cycles of violence in our community. We envision ongoing development of our transnational partnerships to support individuals impacted by criminalization, incarceration, and deportation. We have much more work to accomplish and know that you will all be there to support our mission.

We are deeply grateful for all of you. We could not have reached this milestone without the generosity and support that was provided by each donation of time, funds, and creative resources that was gracefully and continuously offered to us during the last twenty years. We especially extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our funders who have continued to believe in our mission, during good times and bad.

We hope you can join us for our celebration and benefit on February 20, 2020. 

With Much Love,                                                                                                            

Alex Sanchez    

Homies Unidos  

Executive Director 

Homies Unidos Administrative Assistant Job Announcement

September 29th, 2019



Homies Unidos (HU) is a qualified 501(c)(3) formed in 1996 to address the problems of urban violence and the internationalization of gangs. HU was created when a group of youth, mainly gang members deported from Los Angeles, met in San Salvador, El Salvador to discuss methods and means of reducing gang-related violence. In 1998, current and former system impacted members in the predominantly Central American communities within Los Angeles aligned themselves with Homies Unidos in El Salvador to achieve the same objective.
The community served by HU covers the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Pico-Union, Westlake, and Koreatown districts as well as the West-Adams District and some South-Central areas. HU works to end violence and promote peace by empowering youth and their families to become advocates for social justice rather than agents of self-destruction. Accordingly, the organization provides culturally competent access to alternative education, leadership development, self-esteem building, and health education linked to impactful social justice advocacy programs. Since 1998, HU has served over 7,950 youth, parents, current and formerly incarcerated people through a multi-faceted suite of programs and services. Services include tattoo removal, presentations and workshops in schools, community centers, and at conferences. Participants learn to take control of their lives and neighborhoods, and advocate for social change. HU’s current programmatic focus is on newly arrived immigrants fleeing the violence in Central America as well as incarcerated immigrants in the prisons of California.


We are looking for a responsible Administrative Assistant to perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks. Duties of the Administrative Assistant include providing support to our managers and employees, assisting in daily office needs and managing Homies Unidos’ general administrative activities.

• High School Diploma; additional qualification as an Administrative assistant or Secretary will be a plus but not a must.
• Prior participant of Homies Unidos programs or a youth organization will be a plus.
• Life experience working with formerly incarcerated youth or adults a plus or had been system impacted.

Experience: (Required)
• One-year experience in a social service setting working or volunteering in a non-profit organization, with knowledge of and experience with immigrant youth or adults incarnated.
• Bilingual English/Spanish (Required) able to write and translate in both languages
• Word, Excel and Microsoft Office, Social media
• Reliable, honest and responsible

• Upon hiring, Administrative Assistant will be required to attain office management certification.
• Willing to be certified in programs curriculums to implement or facilitate when needed.

• Some travel for trainings and staff development once or twice per year.
• Represent Homies Unidos in special events, presentations, organizing volunteers for tabling in resource fairs or events.
• Opportunities to facilitate presentations in schools, community centers, or especial events with program facilitators.

In order to establish Accountability, the Communications/Administrative Assistant:
• Works directly for and under the supervision of Executive Director.

In order to establish Administrative Assistant Responsibility:
• Answer and direct phone calls
• Organize and schedule appointments
• Plan meetings and take detailed minutes
• Write and distribute email, correspondence memos, letters, faxes and forms
• Assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports
• Develop and maintain a filing system
• Update and maintain office supplies
• Order office supplies and research new deals and suppliers
• Maintain contact lists
• Book travel arrangements
• Provide general support to visitors
• Act as the point of contact for internal and external clients
• Liaise with executive director to handle requests and queries from employees.
• Manage community service volunteers.
• Sets up bi-monthly staff meeting

In order to establish Financial Responsibility, the Administrative Assistant:
• Collect program service donations
• Maintains employee hours and schedules.
• Collect time sheet in a timely manner.

General-The Administrative Assistant will also:
• Collect monthly program reports
• Arrange and schedule all consultant services.
• Work with Executive Director/Development Director to compile all materials for board meetings.
• Maintains work are clean at all times,
• May be responsible for special events that publicize the organization and its programs to the community
• Work office management systems and procedures
• Working knowledge of office equipment, like printers and fax machines
• Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work
• Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills with participants and staff
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task
• Casual dress appropriate to an office environment.
• Willing to work as a team.

Contact Information:
Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV or resume with a cover letter at:

Homies Unidos Inc.
2105 Beverly Blvd Ste. 203
Los Angeles CA 90057.
Tel: 213-383-7484
Or by email at:

We strongly urge Youth, People of Color, Women and all qualified persons to apply for this position. Homies Unidos, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category.

Closing event for an art exhibit of Homies Unidos’ youth mentorship program

October 20th, 2022

Link to location

Food and beverages will be available for a donation to continue supporting Homies Unidos Youth Programs, If you cannot attend and will still like to support our efforts. Please make your donation through the DONATE Link


October 30th, 2020
Today is the day of elections, if you have not done it and need help on the
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Black and Brown Alliance for Justice

August 24th, 2020

Please join Black and Brown Alliance for Justice STAND UP in Solidarity with BLM LA for the #JackieLaceyMustGo Weekly Protest

Our VISION It is our vision to end police terror in Black and Brown communities, by eliminating labels which criminalize our communities and eradicating all forms of racial inequities. Creating a world where we live in equity and with a justice system free from corruption and continual systematic oppression .

Census Caravan June 17, 2020

June 15th, 2020

Join Homies Unidos and partner organization to bring awareness of how important it is to be counted for the census. #wecountla #homiesunidos @CJICircle

KCET nominates Homies Unidos’ Executive Director, Alex Sanchez as Local Hero

October 8th, 2018

Meet KCET Local Hero Nominee: Alex Sanchez

Alex Sanchez

Title: Executive Director

Organization/Business: Homies Unidos


“Alex is on the front lines of the immigration issue, stepping in as a bridge of hope for Central American youth seeking to escape violence and find their future.”

                  Karen Mack, Nominator

Centro Cultural Techantit Presenta: Primer Festival de Música de Marimba Mayas

October 8th, 2018

Centro Cultural Techantit Presenta:

Primer Festival de Música de Marimba Mayas

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Central American Youth Leadership Conference 2018

October 8th, 2018

November 30, 2018

Make a donation to our conference

If you know a youth who will benefit from the resources that will be provided at the conference you can now register at:

More to come… email us if you would like to be a sponsor at

Central American youth and families from various schools will benefit from the resource fair, health resources, educational workshops and cultural activities provided by organizations and the youth themselves.

We want to thank our sponsors and all who have supported our fund drive.
If you want to be a sponsor for the conference, please contact us for Sponsorship Opportunities.

In solidarity with Central American Refugees (CAR), Homies Unidos is putting together the fourth Central American Youth Leadership Conference. The main purpose will be to ensure that these refugee youth feel welcomed, to celebrate and promote Central American art and culture, provide health resources and on-the-spot referrals, facilitate a legal resources workshop, showcase their stories and experiences, build a supportive community, and create opportunities for positive feedback and self-esteem-building.

Central American Youth invite you to the conference

Why this conference?

The increasing numbers of CAR youth who are crossing the border seeking safety and refuge is not a new phenomenon. The first wave of unaccompanied minors came in the 1980’s fleeing the wars in Central America. Since then, there has been a steady flow, but only recently has there been a dramatic increase of CAR youth fleeing from a violence that has devastated thousands of families and has a direct impact on the city of Los Angeles.

The Department of Homeland Security estimated that in 2014 alone, 68,500 CAR youth entered the United States. Jurisdictions across the U.S. have, at varying levels, worked to prepare and coordinate their legal and service delivery systems to accommodate the waves of children. In 2015, there was a decline by 42% to 39,970. This was mostly because the U.S. requested Mexico to make an effort to stop the flow of immigrants from Central America. In the light of the U.S. elections in 2016, there has been an increase of 20,000 more than in 2015, to 59,692. In the first two months of 2017, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended 14,128 unaccompanied refugee minors.Los  Angeles County has received 50% (10,741) Unaccompanied Children with local ‘sponsors’ since 2014. This number does not include those who are in detention, in foster care, were not apprehended at the border or those who are not currently in the legal system.





Moreover, with the recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Central American Minors (CAM) Parole program by the US, it has made this work more pertinent. In rescinding the CAM Parole program, the US government contradicts its efforts to provide access to legal migration for Central Americans, while further criminalizing the youth who have migrated. Through arbitrary designation of gang membership, CAR youth are denied refugee status which allows for their continued detention and ultimately deportation. Even though the 2002 Homeland Security Act mandates that unaccompanied minors have the right to legal representation, many youths still have no legal representation making detention and deportation more likely and put the lives of these minors at jeopardy upon return to their home countries. Our work focuses on providing access to resources for CAR youth to have legal representation as well as health and educational services and community building in one location.

With your support we will be able to:

  • Youth Leadership graduates will spearhead the organizing of the third Central American Youth Conference In November 30, 2018 at California St. University Los Angeles for 500 immigrant youth.
  • Youth will enjoy Central American art, culture and music to address issues of identity, will be offered resources from various service providers.
  • Provide training for 15 CAR youth this summer through our Youth Leadership Training to learn about how tell their stories and advocate to elected officials and community about their experience to gain support and start healing.

Homies Unidos started reaching out to schools and community service providers to refer CAR youth who needs mental health or legal services. As part of a preventive strategy we began implementing the National Compadres Network’s Joven Noble curriculum, character development and immigrant youth intergration program to provide a safe space where they can express themselves with indigenous traditional tools. Even though, with limited resources we have served over 158 youth in four different schools: Santee High, Hawthorne High, Hawkins High and L.A. River. Through this Conference we will address the need to bring youth from other schools where to a place where they can share experiences and be introduced to health and legal services providers among other resources.

CA Youth Conference Application 2018

CA Conference Report 2017 

Please give!

Notes for Information:

Event Organizer: Alex Sanchez-
To reserve a ticket:
Facebook Event page 
Vos Sos Me Canto link to webpage: Vos Sos Mi Canto
Homies Unidos website:


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