Esperanza Fonseca

Strategic Advisor

World Without Exploitation

Esperanza Fonseca is a survivor of the commercial sex trade and a member of the transnational feminist organization AF3IRM. She is currently based in Oakland, CA and serves as the National Deputy Organizing Director with United for Respect, a worker center fighting for the rights of Walmart, Amazon, and other low-wage retail workers. Fonseca is a recent graduate of the Women's Policy Institute, where she spearheaded and won the "Access to Safe Food Choices and Food Security Act of 2019," which created a statewide Restaurant Meals Program that vastly increases access to hot and prepared food by CalFresh recipients who are homeless, elderly, or disabled. She got her start in organizing as a Fellow with the Ziegler Young Religious Leaders Organizing Fellowship, where she organized faith leaders to advance economic justice initiatives in the City of Los Angeles, resulted in strong contracts and improved working conditions for food-service, hotel, and grocery workers. Fonseca graduated from Whittier College, with a degree in the Whittier Scholars Program: Feminist Studies and Liberation Theology.