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Feature documentary about a group of undocumented youth who risk freedom by coming out as undocumented and walking 3,000 miles to the nation's capital.
Jenniffer Castillo
1,176 Facebook Friends
Los Angeles, California
United States
3 Team Members

What is "American DREAMers" about?


“American DREAMers” tells the story behind the Campaign for an American DREAM (CAD), a group of six undocumented youth and an ally who risk their freedom by publicly coming out as undocumented and walking 3,000 miles to the nation's capital to organize for immigrant rights. These are college students, young professionals, activists, and community leaders. Follow their journey as they come out of the shadows, share their stories, empower communities, and put everything on the line to fight in what they believe is their civil rights movement. They are undocumented and unafraid. And some are UndocuQueer too.

Why do we need your help?

The work undocumented youth activists have been doing in recent years is unprecedented. Today, approximately 1.7 million undocumented youth benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which grants them legal presence in the United States and 2-year work permits. This announcement by President Obama came after the undocumented youth activists featured in this documentary staged a series of sit-ins and hunger-strikes in Obama for America campaign offices in cities across the nation (New York Times: goo.gl/XxD4Mp). 

Unfortunately, not all undocumented youth who qualify for DACA, have received relief, including Jonatan Martinez, one of the walkers who is currently facing deportation. Jonatan was picked up by campus police when he was visiting a friend at a college campus in the state of Georgia. The judge assigned to Jonatan's case continues to deny him any form of relief and the Department of Homeland Security has yet to approve his DACA application, despite the fact that Jonatan has no criminal record, has lived in the U.S. since he was 4 years old, has graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business and Information Technology, and for all intents and purposes is a model citizen.

With this film, we hope to create national awareness about the plight of undocumented youth and their families in an effort to stop the deportation of Jonatan and others like him. To do so, we need to get this film out into the world and we need to do it soon.

By supporting this documentary, you can help ensure the work and sacrifice of these DREAMers doesn’t go by unnoticed, that their voices are heard, and their dreams are realized.

To complete this project, we will need more than $10,000, but this amount will help us secure some stock, music, color and mix the film. You can help us surpass our goal! The more funds we bring in, the bigger the media campaign we can create to help stop the separation of families.

What do you get in return?

Check out our list of appreciation gifts. We have tried to come up with some fun giveaways to show you how much your help means to us and the CAD walkers.

How else can you help?

Spread the word! Tell your family and friends about this project and get informed about what Undocumented Youth activists are doing. Getting the word out alone is extremely important. You can follow our film through the following social networks:

AmericanDreamersDoc.tumblr.com            Facebook.com/AmericanDreamersFilm  https://twitter.com/AmDreamersFilm

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Who are the CAD Walkers? 

Jonatan Martinez grew up in the state of Georgia. When he turned 17, he sat down with a Coast Guard recruiter because he had his heart set on becoming a Search and Rescue Diver, but he was turned away because he isn’t a citizen of the country he calls home. He attended a four-year college in Georgia and worked hard to pay for his tuition, but during his senior year, he was picked up by campus police and was placed in the Stewart Detention Center. Jonatan was held in detention for four weeks. Post his release, Jonatan was determined to make a difference and decided to join the walk and organize for immigrant rights. Unfortunately, Jonatan is still undocumented and facing deportation.

Raymi Gutierrez is an ally and the first of nine children to be born in the United States. She received an Associate’s Degree in Sociology from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the University of Utah. In 2008, the day after Christmas, Raymi's father summoned the family to tell them that they had received 8 deportation letters. Half of Raymi’s family faced deportation. She decided to do the walk for her entire family, but specifically for her siblings - “to keep their dreams alive".

Veronica Gomez ("Vero") was brought over to the United States three days before her fourth birthday. She earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice with an option in Law Enforcement and Administration from California State University East Bay. Her goals included joining the United States Marines and becoming a Police Officer. However, at her college graduation Vero held back tears because she knew that due to her immigration status she wouldn't be able to obtain a job in her field of study. During the walk, she decided to risk arrest and deportation by staging a sit-in and hunger-strike in an Obama for America office in Denver, CO, demanding President Obama to stop the deportation of undocumented youth. She explained the farther she walked the more she realized she wants to dedicate her life to serving and empowering her community.

Jose Sandoval is a Junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Molecular Toxicology and Pre-business with a minor in Theater. He explains his mom’s fears of facing deportation stopped him from traveling to other states in America. He couldn’t attend any national or statewide sports or debate competitions. But after meeting CAD in one of their stops in Berkeley he decided to step out of the shadows and join the walk. He told his mother only after he had already started traveling with CAD during one of his school breaks. He explains he told her that he had to stand up and fight because the person who could make a difference could be him.

Alex Aldana is a queer undocumented immigrant rights activist who has recently returned to Mexico by his own volition. Inspired by the DREAM 9 and the DREAM 30, Alex is organizing youth in Mexico and other Latin American countries who have previously been deported and hopes to bring them back to the U.S. Alex has worked extensively as a community organizer and health advocate for Latino LGBTQ youth. He has worked on HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and treatment with social justice, advocacy and empowerment to immigrant communities impacted by health disparities in Southern California. He decided to  join the walk to raise awareness and expose the diversity that exists in immigrant communities. 

Nico Gonzalez was led to Chicago, Illinois by the hand of his mother when he was five years old. He explains his mother is now  “buried in the land of the free” where she is considered a criminal.” After working more than a decade in a fume-filled plastic factory, she battled lung cancer for five years and passed away recently. Since then, Nico has decided to “come out of the shadows”. He has served as the master of ceremony for the National Dream Graduation in Washington D.C., and has participated in a number of acts of civil disobedience including a sit-in of Senator Harry Reid’s office where DREAMers demanded Senator Reid to put the DREAM Act up for a vote.

Javier Hernandez is an undocumented queer community organizer from California who spent some time in Colorado and met the walkers there. He explains that he had been out of the shadows since 2007, but when he relocated to Colorado he almost felt the urge to digress and hide his undocumented and queer identity once again. Instead, he decided to continue his community work and was part of the sit-in in the Obama for America Office in Denver. Javier co-founded Colorado: Organize, Resist, Escalate (COORE) and is part of Inland Empire's Immigrant Youth Coalition.

Are you or a loved one facing deportation? 

If you or someone you know facing deportation, we encourage you to fight your case, DO NOT SIGN VOLUNTARY DEPARTURE, and reach out to your local organizers. Please visit: DreamActivist.org or The IYC.

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    Jon Huertas Autographed Photo

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    Want to know what it was like on the road? Or the process of producing this documentary? Directors Jenniffer Castillo and Saray Deiseil will be available to chat with you about American DREAMers via skype. You will also receive all of the above.

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