Cristina Jiménez

Advancing the Dream of Dignity for All Immigrants

The co-founder and executive director of United We Dream talks about how to move from fear to power in immigrant communities.

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Cristina Jiménez, a 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow, grew up undocumented as the child of U.S. immigrants from Ecuador. In this video, she reflects on her immigrant experience and the constant fear of losing loved ones to deportation. It was her fear, she says, that ultimately led her to become an activist on behalf of undocumented immigrants, and particularly young Dreamers. “Immigrants and people of color don’t feel safe,” she says, describing the arrests and deportations that are happening every day in communities across the country. Cristina says it is important for immigrants and their allies to come together through organizations like hers to advance a vision of a welcoming and inclusive society for all people.

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