DACA and Undocumented Student Stories

DACA and undocumented students’ stories are often pushed to the margins and erased from the collective narrative.

The stories below are shared at the student’s choosing and steps have been taken to ensure comfortability and safety as applicable. These students are ready to have their history be told and to share their struggles of navigating the legal system, institutional barriers and violence. Some stories may be anonymous and/or only interview transcriptions for a student’s confidentiality.

If you are interested in potentially sharing your story (anonymously), please contact Alejandro Martinez.

Student Story: Luisa Castañeda-Cano

As of Spring 2018, Luisa Castañeda-Cano is a junior and a member of Chimes Junior Honorary, Alpha Psi Lambda and the Association of Latin American Students. Luisa researches the intersection of Chicana feminism, reproductive health and immigration law.

Student Story: Robert Sagastume

Clips from this interview was originally a part of a Fall 2017 capstone project for S31-4100: Social Work Practice with Refugees and Immigrants at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. As of Spring 2018, Robert Sagastume is a graduate student at the Brown School. Trigger warnings include discussion on sexual assault.