Speaker Profile

Juan Guzman

Advocacy & Policy Manager
United We Dream

Juan Manuel Guzman Born and raised in Cochabamba (Bolivia), Juan Manuel Guzman struggled to cross the borders of Guatemala, Mexico and the United States with his five-year-old nephew in late 2005. Since then, he has been part of a vibrant community in the Metropolitan Area of Washington D.C. where he lived and worked alongside other immigrants. Deeply affected by his reality, he resolved to do everything he could to learn English and go to college, yet it was the extreme xenophobic rhetoric used by Donald Trump during the presidential elections of 2016 that made Juan Manuel come out of the shadows and join the immigrant youth movement. Since then, he has been fighting anti-immigrant policies and practices of the Trump administration serving as the Advocacy and Policy Manager for United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. Juan Manuel graduated with an A.A. Degree from Montgomery College and transferred to University of Baltimore. A passionate observer of politics and international affairs, he enrolled at Georgetown University where he obtained a M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies.