Why The DREAM Act Is Essential To The LGBT Community

"It wasn't until I had DACA that I felt human enough... to report my abuser."

As the fate of thousands of Dreamers hangs in the balance, HRC has launched a videos introducing us to the people who are personally affected by this administration’s immigration policies

Yuridia Loera Ramirez is part of @UnitedWeDream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. The queer 22-year-old advocate was born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. when she was 2 years old.

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She excelled in school, becoming student body president, holding a 4.0 GPA, earning college scholarships—and even getting voted prom queen. She enrolled in the University of New Mexico, but dropped out freshman year after being sexually assaulted her freshman year.

Because of her immigration status, Yuridia was afraid she couldn’t go to authorities about her abuse. “It wasn’t until I had DACA that I felt human enough to walk into a police station and report my abuser.”

Her hope is to go back to school for a degree in chemical engineering, eventually getting her doctorate. But that can’t happen if the DREAM Act isn’t preserved.

Listen to her story below, and learn more on the HRC website.
 

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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