— Eva Ureta comes to Pivot with long-standing admiration and inspiration for the work they do for/with and by communities. She comes from a background working alongside community members for more than 12-years in a support/frontline capacity providing opportunity in low-barrier employment. As a result of the gender and awareness of socio-economic inequities in Canadian society, Eva’s actions defined a decade aimed at generating financial opportunities within the sex worker community.
Additionally, her work within community addressed the abuse, neglect and discrimination faced by racialized women and trans-women in survival sex work. Over the past decade Eva has witnessed the impact that the Criminal Justice System continues to have on the community resulting in child apprehension, arbitrary detention, imprisonment, and harsh, unrealistic, and punitive probation orders.
Eva’s role as Managing Director occurs in full support and solidarity, alongside all staff engaged in community-led projects, campaigns, and organizational development to provide a strong understanding of equity and justice to drive social change across communities. Her experience as an organizer and activist have been as a guest on the lands of the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her approach to community is grounded in respect for the lands she settles and works on.