Young people are doing inspiring work—getting civically engaged and standing in solidarity across communities to both help and protect one another. Our generations are the most active and most diverse in U.S. history and are leading the fight to empower immigrant communities.
The voices of young advocates working in the immigrants’ rights movement inspire us and demonstrate the diversity of ways in which young people are leading it.
Check out our ongoing Immigration Activist Profile Series as we highlight these young advocates, their unique stories supporting immigrant communities, and their thoughts on how we can all get involved and show solidarity.
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Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Sandra Esther Avalos Ortega came to the U.S. in 1996 at a young age. Even before she received protections through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Sandra dedicated herself to empowering disadvantaged youth in her home city of Dallas, Texas.
Meet Fernanda—an Alabama native, activist, DACA recipient, and Loyola University of Chicago law student—who has been a source of inspiration for many young immigrants. She is taking command of her own destiny: helping her family and community ensure the protection of their rights and safety.
Dr. Johana Oviedo
Through her work as an OB-GYN, Johana fights for basic rights and freedoms such as access to health care, the ability to parent with dignity, and the right to be safe and free. She ensures immigrant patients are properly accommodated when they come to her office so they don’t experience the same economic and social barriers to accessing health services that she saw growing up.
Lauryn Fanguen was born in Fez, Morocco to parents of Moroccan and Cameroonian ancestry. She and her family came to the Washington D.C. area when she was only three years old. Now a grown woman and immigrant “Dreamer”* who has lived around the nation’s capitol nearly her entire life, Lauryn’s experiences have informed her advocacy around the issues affecting the diverse American immigrant community.
Sarah and her family came to the U.S. from Brazil when she was a teenager, and she spent the remainder of her childhood undocumented in California. Now a Dreamer, Sarah has become a fierce leader at the forefront of social justice issues both at the local level in San Francisco and at the state level, where she fights for systemic changes on issues including housing, immigration, economic justice, and public education.