Be Honest When Filling Out the Intake

Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team

"I wish someone had told me to fill out the intake out when I was 18. I’m 22 now. If I hadn’t been afraid of telling people about my experiences, if I had been completely honest, I would already have U.S. citizenship now."

Convincing My Mom to Get Her Papers

Fellow, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team

"It was so difficult to convince my mom to go through without me. She felt like she was failing me. I told her, ‘No, mom. It’s the system that continues to fail us."

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."

Estefania Hermosillo

High School Engagement, Staff

"We each do our part and I’m glad that my part has been at a very personal level with students, parents, and educators."

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"

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.'"

Isabel Cortes

Fellow, High School Engagement, Scholar

"I found a sense of visibility about me as a human and as a student. I finally felt I belonged."