My Undocu Life was started as a platform for undocumented individuals to claim back their narrative and come out of the shadows under our own terms. We strive to create compelling content and showcase individuals throughout the nation that are leaving the woodpile higher than they found it.
To share the raw narratives of undocumented individuals in the US with the goal to bring awareness about us, our triumphs, our challenges, and our perseverance.
My Undocu Life Team:
Milly Aquije – Writer
I’m Peruvian by birth, brought by my courageous Madrecita at the age of 4. I’ve been living in New York for the past 28 going on 29 years this September. I’m grateful to my parents who have instilled in me the value to keep pushing forward to achieve my dreams and pursue higher education. I attended my local dream school CUNY Hunter College. I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Religion.
With the help of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which I received in 2013, I was able to get a better paying job and pay my way through a Masters in Professional Studies in Urban Ministry from Nyack College – Alliance Theological Seminary.
If you want to read more about you read my welcome article: Welcome Milly Aquije
Francesca Milagros Donayre – Writer
I was born in Lima, Peru. I was 7 when I first got to the US. I lived in New York for two years and then later moved to Wilmington, NC. I’ve been here ever since. Growing up both of my parents have emphasized the importance and values of having a higher education; with the constant motivation I received from them I decided I wanted to go to college.
I attended Cape Fear Community College and graduated in 2020 with an Associate of Arts. I am currently at UNC Wilmington working on my Bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration of International Studies and a minor in Sociology.
If you want to learn more about me you can read my welcome article: Welcome Francesca Milagros Donayre
Barbara Contreras – Writer
I am originally from Venezuela. I have lived in the US since I was 8 years old. I have been a DACA recipient since 2012. I grew up on Hilton Head Island, a small touristy island on the coast of South Carolina. I acquired my Communication degree from Queens University at Charlotte.
My family moved to the US back in 2001 looking for a better life for me. When we moved here, it was just my parents and I. Basically, we had no other family near. My parents worked really hard and they still do. All I have ever wanted is to make sure that their sacrifice and effort to move us here is worth it.
If you want to learn more about me you can read my article: Where do I fit in? Who am I really?
Oscar Romero – Founder
I have had DACA since early 2013. I am currently a Software Engineer at Red Ventures. I went to college at UNC Charlotte and graduated in 2017 with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Engineering. I went to high school in a small town out in eastern North Carolina.
My parents brought me to the United States in 1999 when I was 4 years old. I grew up in NC and aspired to make something worthwhile out of my parent’s hard work and sacrifice.
If you want to learn more about me you can read my article: The Past