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Claudia Hernandez

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Uploaded on Jan 24, 2012

Claudia Hernandez came to the US to meet her father when she was 4 years old. She overstayed her visa to stay in the country and help her father after he was injured. When she first came out as undocumented, she was bullied; this caused her to be ashamed and live in fear. She attempted to commit suicide after fearing that she would be unable to continue college and fulfill her dreams. Luckily, she was taken to the hospital by her family and saved. A few weeks later, after being released from the hospital she visited the beach with her family-- her sister and her almost drowned. Witnessing her sister carried out of the ocean after almost drowning made her realize that she had to live life with new meaning. She is coming out as undocumented today so she can let go of her fear and encourage others to do the same. She wants others to know that today is the day for change and that you should never let fear control your life.

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