Diane Guerrero

 

Actor and advocate Diane Guerrero, cast member of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was born in New Jersey to Colombian parents. The family settled in Boston, but when Guerrero was 14, her parents and brothers were summarily deported. As the only member of her immediate family with citizenship, she became a vocal advocate for immigration reform. Guerrero tells the story of this painful separation from her family in her 2016 memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided. Drawing from her own experience dealing with an often inhumane immigration system, Guerrero uses her celebrity to engage communities on the ground and call for a more just and compassionate approach to immigration policy, and has passionately argued that “Not one more family should be separated by deportation.”

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