Paula Garcia-Salazar ’15 Macaulay Honors College at City College and Stephanie Park ’15 Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College have been recognized by the Immigrant Justice Corps with a 2015 fellowship for their social justice work. Launched in 2014, Immigrant Justice Corps is the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the growing need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants.
Born in Ecuador, Garcia-Salazar immigrated to Leesburg, Virginia with her single mother at the age of seven. Her personal experiences as an undocumented immigrant led her to develop an interest in human rights, and her passion for immigration work deepened after she spent the summer working with asylum seekers in Washington, DC. She also has worked on union organizing, archival research, and interpreting.
Park’s experience as an immigrant naturally inspired her passion for social justice activism. She pursued this passion by studying the literature and history of marginalized peoples. While interning during college, Park assisted New York City immigrants with immigration applications.
Garcia-Salazar and Park are among a group of fellows who come from across the U.S., growing up in states such as California, Maine, Georgia, Nevada, Oklahoma, Virginia and New York, among others. Their families mirror the immigrant diversity of New York City, having emigrated from China, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nigeria, Korea, Lebanon and many other countries.
The fellows will begin their intensive training course on August 31, 2015 and then report to non-profit placements throughout New York and New Jersey for the two years of their fellowship.
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