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Gaby Pacheco

Gaby Pacheco, an undocumented American, is an immigrant rights leader from Miami, Florida. She has been speaking about her lack of papers since high school. As one of the creators of the Florida-based, youth-led group, Students Working for Equal Rights, she began organizing when she realized she was just one of hundreds of undocumented students in her community. She was elected student government president at Miami Dade College, and later statewide student body president, raising the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented students throughout Florida, which led to political change and a climate of acceptance in many community and state colleges there.

In 2010, she and three friends walked 1,500 miles from Miami to Washington, DC, to bring to light the plight of immigrants in this country, and to urge President Obama to stop the separations of families and deportations of DREAM Act–eligible youth. This walk was dubbed the Trail of DREAMs.

As political director for the national youth group United We Dream, she spearheaded efforts that led President Obama to announce the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, one of the biggest changes in immigration since the 1986 Amnesty.

Gaby has three college degrees from Miami Dade College. She is in the process of publishing children’s books and aspires to be a musical therapist, working with students with mental disabilities.

3 Responses to Gaby Pacheco

  1. Vero says:

    Hello! I recently received my approval for the deffered action. I’m truly happy and excited for the next step! The problem is I don’t know where to go from here … Yes I can work and drive with no worry now but that’s not what I want to accomplish through this 2 years… I need guidance and help on how to get into college and how I can support my self through it when money is tight … Can I apply for financial aid ? Or is there some help for people in my case that I don’t know about? I’m searching for answers everywhere because like many other people I have a dream and I won’t stop until I can reach it.

  2. Nancy Lopez says:

    Eres una gran inspiracion para todos Gaby,dios bendiga tu camino siempre!!!

  3. fatima santos says:

    Bendita seas hija por ser una mujer con valor porque siempre piensas en tus semejantes antes que tu ,gracias le doy a Dios por haberme dado una estrella que vino a iluminar en la oscuridad de tantas personas dolilas temerosas por leyes inhumana , te bendigo hija por tener esa hermoso y grande amor sigue asi falta pogo para llegar a tu meta la reforma migratoria