The Power of Listening

A more equitable world emerges when we are able to see the world through others’ eyes. This collection of stories illuminates issues at the heart of our work, as told by those closely affected by them.

Voice of Witness continues to guide and inspire this project. Read our interview with the
organization’s co-founder, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Dave Eggers.

Jirayut "New" Latthivongskorn First Person Story

Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn

| in Immigrant Rights

Future (undocu­mented) doctor

New once kept his undocumented status a secret from everyone outside his family. Today, he is proudly the first undocumented medical student at UCSF.

Jirayut (“New”) Latthivongskorn was born in Bangkok and lived there for nine years before coming to the United States with his family to escape poverty and find a better life. He is one of three siblings. For many y…

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Putri walking on Ocean Beach with her mom First Person Story

Siti Dyannie Rahmaputri

| in Immigrant Rights

Studying neurobiology, while fearing deportation

Putri was brought to the U. S. from Indonesia by her parents when she was 11. She was preparing to enter college when the family faced the threat of being deported back.

Siti Dyannie Rahmaputri ("Putri") was born in 1993 in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is an only child. Putri and her parents left Indonesia for the United States on temporary visas when she was 11. Her father had been a ba…

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Terrence Park at the blackboard First Person Story

Terrence Park

| in Immigrant Rights

Questions at Harvard: Did you come here legally, or illegally?

Terrence Park doesn’t like the term “illegal.” A Dreamer at Cal, he thinks instead of asking about someone’s legal status, “we should be thinking about why people come here.”

When Joon-Suk Park was 10 years old, his mother brought him and his sisters from Seoul, South Korea to the United States on a tourist visa that soon expired. His parents were recently separated at the time, and his…

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 Huyen “Kiki” Vo First Person Story

Huyen “Kiki” Vo

| in Immigrant Rights

After a devastating fire, a new life in the U.S.

After a horrific fire killed her mother and injured her, Kiki came to the U.S. for medical care. Read about her incredible journey, including being an undocumented student at Cal.

Huyen “Kiki” Vo was born in 1991 in a small village in Vietnam. After her mother died in a devastating fire in their home, Kiki and her father and two of her sisters came to the United States for medical care. Their…

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On the road to marriage First Person Story

Rachel & Felicia

| in Gay & Lesbian Rights

Six weddings later, married for the first time

They jumped through legal hoops as laws affecting same-sex couples were passed and overturned - but their love and commitment remained the same.

Rachel Timoner, 41, and Felicia Park-Rogers, 41, were married on June 17, 2008. Their wedding took place on the first day that it was possible for same-sex couples in California to marry. It was shortly after the st…

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