When Andrea Michelle Recinos first arrived in the U.S., she felt out of place. Things changed when she walked into the cafeteria and saw several international flags on the wall, including the Guatemalan flag. She began to see herself as an ambassador between the U.S. and her home country.
Ms. Recinos was born in Guatemala City and lived there until the age of seven. Her childhood was spent playing with her friends and visiting her extended family in the city. Her family had no intention of moving, however, seven different people told them to immigrate to the U.S.; it was a sign. Shortly afterward, Ms. Recinos was on a plane.
Upon her arrival in 2002, Ms. Recinos felt like she didn’t belong. She looked nothing like her classmates at school and didn’t understand the language. Her family moved several times throughout her adolescence and she attended thirteen different schools.
In 2010, Ms. Recinos became eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy that awards work permits for children who entered the U.S. undocumented. This program “opened new doors” for Ms. Recinos. Currently, she works as an Intercultural Specialist for District 112 in Minnesota. Through her career, she strives to create a world with justice and equality for everyone.