Immigration Attorney

Prerna Lal Prerna Lal created a historic national network of undocumented youth to organize for the DREAM Act and fight against deportations. A social media strategist, her pioneering use of online communications to stop deportations has become standard among organizations across the country. She was recently appointed as an immigration attorney for the Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley, where she is also a clinical instructor at the East Bay Community Law Center.

31 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pretextual Airport Stops

  Recently, while traveling from Washington D.C. to sunny Florida, Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) sent me to secondary inspection at the airport. Apparently, my bag had an object that they could not identify. They asked me to identify the object on the screen and I was baffled. It was deep in my 50 gallon […]

18 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Validations

I think this is a powerful quote from poet and artist Nayyrihah Waheed completely validates my immigrant experience. We often speak about the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. but not enough is said about how we actually get treated once we have sacrificed everything to be here. It almost makes the sacrifices not worth it. I […]

15 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

I recently joined the board of directors at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. My growing concern for the lack of philanthropic efforts to address the needs of queer people of color was the prime impetus behind this decision. I can proudly say that I am drawn to Astraea because as a public foundation, Astraea helps […]

14 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Lessons from Traveling Abroad

  You just received a green card, or advance parole, and want to travel internationally? First of all, congratulations are in order! If this is your first time traveling abroad in a while, here are some things you should do or bring before your trip. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS 1. Obtain a money belt that straps to your body to […]

01 April 2015 ~ 6 Comments

Is Migration Really Beautiful?

Today is a very special day. It was four years ago, today, that the U.S. government initiated removal proceedings against me. I am not only here–but now I have lawful status, and on an expedited pathway to U.S. citizenship. (This does not stop people from sending me hate mail, which goes to prove the ‘we support […]