Denea Joseph


Denea immigrated to the United States without most of her family and was raised by her maternal grandmother, who laid the foundation for who she is. Denea shares her thoughts on the impact of family separation in the immigrant community.

Denea (pronounced Denae) Joseph is an undocumented Black DACA recipient and national immigrant rights activist. She immigrated to the United States at the age of seven from Belize, Central America. Denea serves as the Vice President for the Black Los Angeles Young Democrats (BLAYD), California Ambassador for the United State of Women (USOW), and most recently as the Communications Coordinator for the UndocuBlack Network (UBN), advocating for the representation of UndocuBlack immigrants within the mainstream immigrant narrative.

Denea’s speech was given at “STILL WE RISE: An Evening of Revelation and Revelry” hosted by Immigrants Rising on November 8, 2019 in San Francisco. Watch all speeches here.