Jorge: Freedom Through Trauma
“There wasn’t a day that went by without worrying about my family being dismantled due to their undocumented legal status,” Jorge says. He was profoundly aware of the responsibility that came with being the only documented citizen in his family. His parents, who had little education, had migrated from Mexico to seek a better future and escape from extreme poverty and injustice.
“Staying silent about my reality and confronting burdens and traumas in college — domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, racial inequities and discrimination, undocumented parents, conflicting teachings, coping with the negative effects of being ‘raised’ by an alcoholic and drug addict father, management of my mental health struggles, and balancing everything out with my love for education — was my first step in living my Mexican-American Dream and using my trauma to fuel my passion of loving and serving others.”