Who We Are
Promoting the wellbeing, self-sustainability and empowerment of the Puerto Rican community state side.
Diaspora for Puerto Rico, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-profit organization 501 (c)(3) based in New York City that aims to develop the power of the Puerto Rican community and the organizations that serve them in New York and across the United States. Through the exchange of information, capacity-building, promotion of cultural events, and content creation, we strive to promote the participation, activism, self-sustainability, and empowerment of Stateside Puerto Ricans.
#DiasporaXPuertoRico was created by Puerto Ricans from the island in the diaspora that relocated stateside in the last decade. The experiences of the founders are a mosaic of enchantments and disenchantments in the process of integrating to a new culture and idiosyncrasy. With the goal of facilitating the process of settlement and adaptation away from home, #DiasporaXPuertoRico aims to be a resource that guarantees people in the process of relocation access to information about programs, services and organizations and people in the diaspora.
We seek to promote the wellbeing, self-sufficiency, and empowerment of the Puerto Rican community, through access to information about services, organizations, events, and contacts with the intention to create a support network. Also, we attempt to strengthen the reach of our support network to serve the needs of our community in their day-to-day. #DiasporaXPR seeks to solidify the nexus between the already-established diaspora with those that have recently left the island and want to continue to be connected with our community.
DXPR seeks to ensure the participation, activism, self-sufficiency and empowerment of the Puerto Rican community stateside.
SUREY MIRANDACo-Founder and Chair
With experience in social services and constituent services, Surey has worked with the Puerto Rican community, and vulnerable communities state-side. Surey fights for alleviating income inequality, caused by lack of opportunities to underserved communities. One of her goals is to guarantee access to opportunities that would allow the self-sufficiency. Surey is from#Hatillo, Puerto Rico. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs, from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She completed graduate studies in Political Economic and Finance at The New School for Social Research and Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Surey is a part-time faculty in Economics at SUNY and works at the NYC Commission on Human Rights.
JEAN CARLOS RIVERACo-Founder and Vice President
With over six years of experience in the field of data engineering and systems development, Jean Carlos has applied sophisticated structures of databases with goal of creating an optimized referral system. One of his goals is to use “Big Data” to empower communities, being a source of information to formulate public policies and create awareness about the challenges many people undergo in the diaspora. Moreover, Jean Carlos have successfully achieved to connect people searching for services or cultural events through web applications with accessible and easy to navigate information. Jean Carlos is from #Juncos, Puerto Rico and has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Universidad del Turabo. He also completed post-graduate studies at Columbia University in New York City. He currently works at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, as Data Engineer. Jean has worked in Puerto Rico, Europe, and the United States.
VíCTOR R. MARTíNEZCo-Founder and Treasurer
With experience in government, and constituent services, Victor has been working with the Puerto Rican community living stateside for the last 5 years. He has worked with devotion to highlight the attributes and contributions of our community, through the creation of educational content, a docu-series and publishing academic articles. One of his many goals is to develop the capacity of our people to become agents of change in benefit of our community, residing stateside and on the island. Victor is from #Juncos, Puerto Rico and has a Bachelor in Political Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. He has completed graduate studies in Economic Development at the Milano School for International Affairs and Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Victor has taught college-level courses, Latin American Economics, and Latinos in the US at SUNY. He currently works at the Office of the NYC Comptroller, Scott Stringer.