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Published on May 19, 2013
Born and raised in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Lucas Codognolla and his family immigrated to the United States in 2000 when he was 9 years old. Now 22, Lucas currently serves as lead coordinator of CT Students for a Dream, a statewide network of undocumented students and allies that seeks to promote the rights of undocumented immigrants through community organizing, leadership development, and advocacy. Lucas has passionately dedicated his time in the fight for human rights and immigrants' rights, being an activist and undocumented himself, has made one of his main goals to empower undocumented youth, having them realize that immigration status is not a barrier to achieve one's fullest potential. Lucas is an undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut pursuing a bachelor's degree in political science. Follow him @LucasCodog
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