Emilia Gonzalez Avalos is Executive Director of NAVIGATE, a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota. She is a Mexican immigrant. Born in Mexico City, raised in Irapuato, Gto. and Minnesota, she joined her father in Minnesota years after he left their town looking for better job opportunities and a better future for his family. Family separation, border consciousness and transnational economy shaped her to become an immigration activist, feminist and advocate for human rights.