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Led by the communities it serves, PANA raises refugee voices to increase their visibility and impact in the region. PANA does this by bringing hundreds of impacted residents to meetings with their political representatives to voice their experiences and change policies that affect them and their economic, educational, health, and housing needs. PANA also engages youth leaders from diverse backgrounds in work on issues they identify as critical and trains them to contact and turn out thousands of new and inconsistent voters each election cycle. And, because the communities PANA serves are so deeply impacted by 45’s detrimental policies, it works with national partners to push back on these policies and provide support to communities directly affected by his Muslim Ban, including nationals from Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.   

As Executive Director of PANA, Ramla Sahid has overseen the organization’s growth and prominence as it has skyrocketed in a few short years to become one of San Diego’s most important civic engagement and advocacy organizations. Ramla has received numerous awards for her work with PANA including the “2017 Women of the Year Award” by Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, “2017 Global Citizen Award” from the United Nations Association of USA, the “Muslim Community Champion Award” by the Islamic Center of San Diego, and was named the “2017 Voice of the Year “by the Voice of San Diego. She regularly speaks at conferences on the power of building and leveraging community voices to achieve equitable outcomes for families.



Rebecca Miranda is the Program Manager at Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans. Originally from California’s Central Valley, she is committed to fostering refugee capacity building through policy development at the local and global level, and facilitating the advancement, social capital and inclusion of refugees in the San Diego community.

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Prior to working at PANA, Rebecca was a volunteer with Alliance for African Assistance and the San Diego Refugee Forum. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona D’Estudis Internacionals where she focused her thesis research on social movement theory, and transnational advocacy networks targeting the issue of global immigrant detention. Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University Fresno.




Mustafa Dib is a community organizer with the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans - PANA. Mustafa is comitted to building a stronger and better connected Syrian Community in San Diego. He organizes community convenings to educate members on their rights, conducts a community intake process to connect families denied services to pro-bono lawyers and helps them prepare for their appeal. Previously, Mustafa was the head mechanic for paper companies in Damascus, Syria.    

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In May 2015, Mustafa and his family resettled in San Diego from Syria.