Category Archives: 2000 – current

Escaping My Own Darkness

Orlando was one of the presenters at our “Walk of DREAMers” storytelling event on April 23, 2017. An excellent student who received a full scholarship to one the most prestigious universities in the country, he still fell victim to a deep depression. He was haunted by the difficult feelings and challenges that arise for many undocumented “Dreamers.” Below is his ... Read More »

A Hell Within Heaven (Iran)

Some immigrants might say, how do you fight against a force with no morals, no boundaries, the shadow to encumber the light of liberty, the ICEberg to sink the ship of freedom, the assassin of the American dream? Life back in Iran was a calm one, with slowly rising tension. Even though war was on the rise, the dream to ... Read More »

Mi viaje para un mejor futuro (Peru)

My daughter and I only saw him a couple of times in a year. I remember that one day my husband arrived home from work and our daughter did not even recognize him. All the sacrifices I had to make in order to come to this country and to start a new life were all worth it, because I knew ... Read More »

The Unforgotten (Tonga)

It always dawned on me that once I leave, a part of me will be missing. Now a proud citizen of America, I must tell how and why I became the person that stands before you today. I am proudly known as Malia Imalata Tofavaha, mother of 4 wonderful kids, wonderful friend to many, and a soulmate to one. From ... Read More »

Sarahi Salamanca Espinoza (DREAMer)

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is a resident of East Palo Alto with her husband and 17 month old daughter. She is The Founder and CEO of Dreamers Roadmap a mobile app that helps Undocumented students find scholarships for college. Her passion is to connect people to information needed to make them happy and successful. In this video she tells some stories ... Read More »

Ibrahima Diallo Immigration Story

This is what the plane that I took look like.

Every time I went outside at night, I was scared to be chased by the police. In my home country of Guinea, the weather is sometimes hot and cold. I went to a private school where I had to pay, and my classes had more than thirty people. Also, dirt is found almost everywhere in the city. There were no ... Read More »

Immigration Story from Mauritania

Seconds, minutes, and hours pass by. Her legs are cramping. The market is very crowded with people buying food, clothes, and utensils. Her stand is filled with vegetables and fruits she and her family had grown. This is how they earned money. Daouda (orig: Kadidiatou Diallo) is from a country in Africa called Mauritania. She was born on January 20th, ... Read More »

My Father’s Immigration Story

This is the famous place Pagan city in Central Myanmar.

In 1999 I married my wife and my oldest child was born the next year. Even though I was now a father, I knew full well that life in this country could not continue. I had spent the previous four years before my marriage traveling around Myanmar. Based on these experiences, I learned something about my own country: that there ... Read More »

El Salvador to California

Maria Hernandez (name changed), my mother, is 43 years old, and was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador. My mom left her home country to come to Richmond California and soon moved to Redwood City, California where we currently live. At this point, my mother works and in her free time she likes to cook different kinds of dishes like ... Read More »

Construction Worker Sought A Better Future

My father, Emanuel was born in Jamay Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of 34 years old he decided to immigrate to the United States from Mexico. My father’s hobby was playing soccer but after he injured his foot he couldn’t really play anymore, he faced many struggles which is why he needed a better life in a different place that ... Read More »

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