Mr. Rafael Estrada is a Nicaraguan American and serves as President of the Free and Fair Foundation / Nicaraguans for Security and Prosperity Foundation. Having fled his country at the age of 12, Mr. Estrada is committed to fight for democracy, free and fair elections and to articulate human rights abuses throughout his native country. After the sociopolitical crisis began in 2018, he increased his commitment and advocacy for human rights, and regularly meets with several members of the US Congress and government officials regarding the human rights abuses in Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba. Through this foundation, Mr. Estrada has provided aid to Nicaraguan refugees in several countries including Costa Rica, Panama and Spain and it also sponsors medical attention and medicine for former political prisoners who had suffered torture while in custody. In addition, the foundation has provided assistance to independent journalists who have fled Nicaragua due to persecution, and to other exiles in need of assistance. Mr. Estrada is a graduate of Augustana College, BA in Political Science with concentration in International Relations and earned an M.B.A. from North Park University, Chicago with concentration in Finance.
Mr. Peter Logan is a retired business owner from Central Illinois. He owned and operated a successful heating and cooling company for over 30 years. He has been very active in his community and has done a great deal of charity and volunteer work, especially with the veteran community of his town. He has also traveled extensively to Nicaragua for the last 5 years and provided food assistance to several families. He has been a supporter of Nicaraguans for Security and Prosperity and now serves on the Advisory Committee of this foundation.
Isaiah P Harlan a political science graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and a current student at Northern Illinois University College of Law, Isaiah has over nine years of extensive professional and non-profit leadership experience. As a former congressional campaign manager, public relations consultant, and legislative aide; he has mastered the art of organizational versatility. Isaiah is highly skilled in public relations management and project coordination. Fluent in German and conversant French, Isaiah is currently in the academic pursuit of learning Polish.
Katherine Drapeau is a passionate human rights activist who serves as our project coordinator. She is an Augustana College graduate with a BA in Political Science, specializing in International Relations. Katherine became interested in humanitarian work at an early age, spending several years of her childhood abroad in Latin America. One of Katherine’s most recent projects examined the correlation between child labor and lack of acess to education in Nicaragua, Mexico and Brazil. When we interviewed Katherine on what inspired her to start working with the foundation, she said; “Seeing children with no shoes on their feet, begging for food on the streets broke my heart. I knew that one day I wanted to make a real impact and change in the world. No child deserves to go hungry. We cannot wait for someone else to make a difference. The difference must start with us.That’s why I love this foundation.