About Us

Immigrants Rising was created by Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) to encourage all immigrants, regardless of legal status, to create their own opportunities, earn a living, and thrive through entrepreneurship.

We recognize that the spirit of entrepreneurship is at the core of the American Dream and foundational to the growth of the U.S. economy. Immigrant entrepreneurs make important contributions across all sectors of the economy through innovation and perspectives that drive new ideas and promote social change. This is true for women and men selling goods and services in the formal and informal markets, lawyers starting their own law firms, immigrants thriving in the tech industry launching apps and websites, founders of nonprofit organizations, and all who hustle on a daily basis to do more with less.

Immigrants Rising provides resources, knowledge and financial support for immigrant entrepreneurs, regardless of legal status, at any stage of their journey. We provide a comprehensive overview of the entrepreneurship landscape in the U.S. through webinars, handouts and guides. We plan to add multimedia and additional content related non-profit organizations over the next few months. We are also working on a curated list of resources that will help you seek financial support and connect with other organizations that support entrepreneurship throughout the nation. We encourage you to read, share and use our resources to create your own opportunities and take control of your life!

Meet the Team

Iliana G. Perez

Lead Entrepreneurship Ambassador

Iliana G. Perez was born in Hidalgo, Mexico and immigrated alongside her mother, father and younger brother to the U.S. at the age of eight. Iliana grew up in Turlock, CA and attended CSU-Fresno on a full-ride scholarship through the Smittcamp Family Honor’s Program, where she graduated from in 2009 with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Economics. Iliana recently finished a M.A. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University and is completing a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Evaluation and Reform. Her research focuses on the occupational and educational attainment of immigrant students, the effects of deportation on the lives of young adults, immigrant entrepreneurship, and economics of immigration. Iliana has shared her story and presented her work to various audiences across the country via keynotes and research presentations at professional conferences, organizations and college campuses. Iliana looks forward to helping all immigrants, regardless of legal status, reach their highest potential through entrepreneurship opportunities.

Dean Santos

Digital Prophet

Dean was born in the Philippines. He arrived in the United States with his mother at the age of 12. Dean has been involved with immigrant rights-related issues since 2010. He has been an outspoken advocate against collaborations between ICE and local law enforcement, a leader within ASPIRE, the first pan-Asian undocumented youth group in the nation, and California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, the coalition of thirteen undocumented youth groups throughout California. Dean obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Notre Dame de Namur and received the Political Science and History Department’s University Mission Award. Outside of immigrant rights, Dean is an avid cyclist and races cyclocross on occasion. He hopes to someday participate in the prestigious randoneé Paris-Brest-Paris.

Immigrants Rising is a new initiative to expand entrepreneurship opportunities to all immigrants regardless of legal status. This is a project by Educators for Fair Consideration.

Immigrants Rising

Expanding entrepreneurship opportunities for all immigrants regardless of legal status.

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