Andres Pacificar serves as the Outreach Worker for Seattle YMCA, Accelerator. Andres was previously incarcerated for 18 years and uses his past traumatic experiences to facilitate the Alive & Free program for the YMCA that focuses on the healing of young men of color who are involved in the juvenile justice system and to give them guidance on how to navigate the system. Andres is considered a seasoned organizer and an elder in his community. He was previously a facilitator and leader of Leadership Advocacy Training for the immigration track for Southeast Asian Resource Center (SEARAC). Additionally, he returned to the prison where he was formerly incarcerated and founded the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Awareness Group, which provides a healing and positive space within the institution.