Finding A Space To Be Ourselves

Entrepreneur, Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team

"It was the first time that I was in a space where I could truly be myself. I felt safe and not ashamed and not scared to talk about my journey."

Cris Mercado

Entrepreneur, Fellow

"There is no growth without discomfort. Not having a safety net might actually be one of the most powerful tools undocumented immigrants have available to them."

Denia Perez

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team, Scholar, Staff

"Immigrants are resourceful, resilient people who have the same dreams as generations who came before us"

Denia Perez

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team, Scholar, Staff

"Because I know how hard it is for people to get status, I wanted to find a way to advocate for other undocumented people"

Tommy Statkiewicz

Fellow, Legal Services Team, Staff

"It was such a long journey to get to where I was"

Tommy Statkiewicz

Fellow, Legal Services Team, Staff

"I just remember the physical weight coming off of my shoulders"

Rodrigo Dorador

Fellow, High School Engagement, Staff

"Being undocumented is a learned behavior. If it can be learned, it can be unlearned."

Valeria Avila

Fellow, High School Engagement, Inclusion & Change Group

"I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I can go to college.'"

Krsna Avila

Creative Writing Class, Fellow, Leadership Council, Legal Services Team, Staff

"People can still succeed in their education and careers, despite all the negative policies around us."