Flaco at the 2013 KY AFL-CIO Biennial Convention

BONIFACIO ‘FLACO’ ALEMAN

Bonifacio Flaco Aleman has been the Executive Director at Kentucky Jobs with Justice since March 1, 2012. Bonifacio earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Spalding University in November 2010. After doing an internship at Women In Transition during as a Social Work student, Bonifacio joined their Board of Directors. During part of his time on the Board of Directors, Bonifacio served as the Board President, Chair of the Finance Committee, and served on the Executive Committee. Bonifacio, along with two fellow Social Workers have authored two articles (currently pending publication) on the need for more social work students to serve their internships at community organizing placements rather than in micro placements.

During the Spring 2011, Bonifacio co-taught a Community Organizing Institute at Spalding University in partnership with Women In Transition. Currently, Bonifacio is on the Board of Directors at the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Louisville, and the Sowers of Justice Network.

Bonifacio is also a member of the following: American Mensa, Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA), Network Center for Community Change (NC3), and Women In Transition (WIT).

The first half of Bonifacio’s post-secondary education was acquired while incarcerated. Bonifacio went to prison at the age of 18, when he spent over a third of his life. Bonifacio spent these years reshaping his worldview and critical thinking processes, intentionally seeking out an education, and figuring out avenues to “give back” to others.

Bonifacio has spent the time since his release in 2008 “giving back” to the community, to showing himself and others that “another world is possible”, and breaking negative stereotypes about former felons. For Bonifacio, the work that he does comes as a natural extension of his personal and faith values. Coming from a father who worked as a migrant worker in America, and a mother with a revolutionary spirit, Bonifacio was meant to play a role in building a movement for Workers’ Rights. As a single parent, Bonifacio works to balance family life and work life, a thin line that is often blurred.

In his spare time, Bonifacio tries to volunteer in the community, with the West End School, with organized labor, and as a voice for the incarcerated and impoverished. Most recently, Bonifacio was the keynote speakers at the Annual Kentucky Sierra Club’s Activist Retreat.