We are a network of Latinx mental health practitioners that are committed to honoring and affirming the human dignity of Latinx immigrant communities marginalized by violence, criminalization, detention, and deportation.

Leadership Team


A founding coordinating team of mental health practitioner responsible for drafting the guiding principles, conducting recruitment and ensuring the overall evolution and political development of the network.

Francisca Porchas Coronado, Founder

Francisca Porchas Coronado is a Mexican immigrant, Chicana, Latinx, feminist, and anti-racist organizer with over 15 years of organizing experience. Francisca has worked on issues of civil rights, environmental and climate justice, criminalization, and immigration at the intersection of race and class at a local and national level.  As former Organizing Director of Puente Human Rights Movement in Phoenix she has been one of the leading voices against deportations of migrants in the country. Her work is rooted in the belief that low income people of color, especially Black and Latinx communities have the power to transform themselves, each other and their communities.   


As the recipient of the 2017 Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship, Francisca founded Healing in Resistance, a wellness project that centers the healing of Latinx migrant peoples on the frontlines of the fight for migrant rights.  Francisca is the founder and national coordinator of Latinx Therapists in Action, a growing network linking Latinx therapists of color to frontline migrant rights organizations working in Latinx communities in need of mental health services. She has been initiated into the ancient, indigenous Yoruba tradition of IFA for over a decade and is currently a priestess in training.

Faviola Augustin

Faviola Augustin is a Chicanx born and raised along the U.S./Mexico border in Somerton, AZ living in Tucson as a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been dedicated to the application of trauma-informed, anti-oppression, and feminist frameworks throughout her clinical work and life. Faviola uses a diversity of tools and techniques from being trained in cognitive, somatic practice, expressive arts, and mindfulness meditation. She works directly with migrant families and undocumented communities impacted by border militarization and immigration policies. Her experience has focused on the treatment of trauma and sexual violence. Faviola also has spent years in Southern Arizona organizing for human rights and her community work also includes crisis support, consultant, and community facilitator. Some recent work involved organizing the Healing Justice Days, a collective healing space for social justice activists and community where alternative healing practices are offered by a diverse group of practitioners. She loves spending time with her family and friends, dogs, and with nature.

Alejandro Menchaca

Alejandro Menchaca, is a School Counselor in Tucson, AZ. He received a Master’s in Counseling, with an emphasis in School Counseling from the University of Arizona. While there he co-founded a chapter of Counselors for Social Justice. He has worked as a high school Spanish teacher and in the field of HIV/AIDS awareness and education. Over the years, he has been involved with LGBT, migrant rights and other social justice organizations. He enjoys dancing cumbias, listening to music and being active outdoors.

David Becerra

David Becerra, is an Associate Professor, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, a Southwest Borderlands Scholar, and the Director of the Office of Latino Projects in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. His research focuses on social justice and wellbeing among Latinos, particularly in the areas of migration and immigration, academic achievement, and health.

Sandra Olarte-Hayes

Sandra Olarte-Hayes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, therapist, and circle keeper in Austin, TX. Sandra's healing work has focused on working with immigrant youth and families, domestic violence survivors and offenders, formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, and youth organizers. She believes all change, both systemic and personal, are grounded in relationships and in community. Sandra is passionate about restorative justice and bringing healing to individuals on both sides of violence. She facilitates healing circles with youth organizers impacted by incarceration, detention, and deportation and provides ongoing training to youth activists for peer facilitation.

Imelda Ojeda

Imelda Ojeda is a social worker, immigrant, and community servant with years of experience working in the social and behavioral health systems, including early childhood, homelessness, youth and families, and community development. She currently works with Councilwoman Vania Guevara at Phoenix City Council doing community outreach and constituent services. Imelda is also an instructor at ASU School of Social Work and the founder of a grassroots community space for social workers in Arizona (AZSWN.com), an active board member for the Maryvale YMCA, and the chair of the Latino Outreach for Maricopa County Democrats.

Imelda was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and after completing high school decided to move to Arizona to pursue higher education. She holds a Bachelor's in Psychology, a Master's degree in Social Work with an emphasis on children, youth and families, and a Masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University.Imelda lives in downtown Phoenix and likes to volunteer, travel and spend time with her family and friends enjoying the rich and diverse culture of Arizona.

Adilia Torres

Adilia Torres is a queer Chicana-Indigena from Sinaloa and Nayarit, Mexico. Her practice as a community mental health clinician is centered in cultural and spiritual attunement and indigenous medicine. The emphasis of her work is focused on trauma-informed care, strength-based, the connection with somatic practices and trauma, traditional medicine, and harm reduction with children, youth, and families impacted by (im)migration, displacement, and other forms of oppression. Adilia addresses challenges with depression, anxiety, trauma including PTSD, attachment, anger in children, and family reunification. She is a Registered Associate MFT based in Oakland, California with a focus on the well being of our Raza Cosmica - from South-North-.  


She is the founder of La Botanica Azul a social enterprise part of an ecosystem of healing justice that houses traditional medicines and wisdoms of Indigenous, queer & trans people, Black, and people of color healers.

Curriculum Team


The team that drafts and presents political and psychosocial education curriculum for network members.  

Dr. Vanessa M. Perry

Dr. Vanessa M. Perry is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Counseling Program at The University of Arizona.  Dr. Perry comes to The University of Arizona from East Carolina University (ECU), North Carolina, where she earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration.  While at ECU, Dr. Perry was an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer who responded to the aftermath of the 2014 tornadoes that devastated Beaufort County, North Carolina.  She also served as the clinic manager, clinical supervisor, and counselor at a community mental health clinic affiliated with ECU, in addition to providing outreach and counseling services to homeless veterans via a mobile clinic.  In other work experience, Dr. Perry has been a rehabilitation counselor, disability rights advocate, military social service support, and clinical mental health counselor. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Associate.


At The University of Arizona, Dr. Perry instructs clinical mental health and clinical rehabilitation counseling courses.  She is the faculty advisor to the Counseling Program’s student organization, Counselors for Social Justice, a chartered chapter of the American Counseling Association.  Her research interests include the clinical supervision of Spanish-English bilingual counselors and the shared decision-making process in mental health treatment. She has also been selected to join the inaugural class of the UA Hispanic Serving Institution Fellows Program.

Selma de Leon-Yznaga

Selma de Leon-Yznaga is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  In addition to 28 years of experience as a school teacher, school counselor, licensed professional counselor/supervisor, and counselor educator, Dr. Yznaga has held numerous leadership positions in the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). In 2007, Dr. Yznaga founded Texas Counselors for Social Justice, a division of TCA dedicated to addressing the oppression and marginalization of ethnic and social minorities.  She continues to engage in scholarship and advocacy related to Latinx issues, speaking to and training mental health professionals and community organizers across the country in order to raise awareness and support for Latinx communities. Most recently, her research interests include the agency and resilience of Central American child migrants and the criminalization of immigrants.


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This website was made by Lucia Sandoval Canela and Elle Madrigal

We are not a service provider.  We have created a directory of culturally grounded Latinx therapists who believe in the human rights of migrant peoples. This directory is meant to be a resource for all those who are Latinx and anyone engaged in advancing the human rights and dignity of Latinx migrant communities across the United States.   This directory is a list of mental health professionals and not a recommendation or guarantee of quality service by LTAN.  We highly encourage everyone to research and consult directly with providers before beginning services with them to ensure it is a good fit.