Short film about undocumented youth


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DC Risers is a short film and photography series focused on undocumented youth who live in Washington, DC. The film centers around Brenda Perez Amador and Gerson Quinteros. Brenda came to the US from Mexico in 2006 and Gerson came from El Salvador in 2004. The film will be premiered on October 1, 2015! Check out their website to see a trailer and samples from the film: “DC Risers Video Samples

Brenda, Gerson, and the filmmaker Andy Fernandez have led talks in the DC area related to immigration and education. Locations have included Cardozo High School, Maret School, and Edmunde Burke School. Contact them at DC Risers if you want to learn more!

Rachel is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has worked closely with undocumented youth activists in several states, the Bhutanese refugee community and LGBT community in Oakland, California. Rachel taught in two public high schools in Okinawa, Japan for two years and has worked in the community college and higher education sector for Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.


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