OTROS DREAMS EN ACCIóN IS a binational GRASSROOTS community DEDICATED TO MUTUAL SUPPORT AND POLITICAL ACTION BY AND FOR those who lived IN THE UNITED STATES AND ARE NOW IN MEXICO DUE TO DEPORTATION, THREAT OF DEPORTATION, THE DEPORTATION OF A FAMILY MEMBER, AND/OR OTHER OBSTACLES.
What nourishes ODA is the value of being able to make a difference in a person’s life. It does not matter how or when we were going to grow in size, but rather how many seeds we can plant by showing up for our community of returning and deported immigrants. We know that by staying true to that simple principle, we will grow and evolve as a sustainable and powerful community.
Otros Dreams en Acción is significant in three important ways. First, ODA advocates for the claim to legal rights and responsibilities—including but not limited to legal international mobility—as members of the United States national community from our current location, al otro lado, in towns and cities across Mexico. Second, ODA advocates for integration and transformation in Mexico. And last but not least, the members of ODA support each other, independent of what someone may have done in the past, the circumstances under which someone returned to Mexico, and the diversity of immigration status and mobility within our community.
In ODA, we seek to be authentic and adventurous. We are determined to contribute to our community by accepting challenges, as well as letting friendship guide us. We fight the good fight when it comes to Justice for everyone. Kindness, Accountability, Optimism, Community and Love are the values that we share and try to put into action every day.
We know, firsthand, about how the current immigration system in the United States criminalizes us and our families. Just like the seeds of a dandelion that grow where they are blown by the wind, we believe in our right and our potential to thrive wherever we land. Just like dandelion seeds that need soil, water and sunlight, we still need basic needs met in order to grow and thrive aquí y allá: safety, health, community, access to educational opportunities, family unification, and legal, international mobility.
We are committed to the struggle for the full recognition of our Human Rights as immigrants wherever we may find ourselves, and we are also committed to our Human Responsibilities to care for ourselves, our families, our communities, and the natural resources that sustain all of us.
We are not a typical non-profit organization. We are a members-based, grassroots organization funded through the heartfelt work and dedication of our members, direct donations, and project-based grants. We make decisions through consensus and distribute resources according to dynamic priorities and circumstances.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
The idea of Otros Dreams en Acción was created just before sunset on October 28, 2015 over a meal in Newport Beach, California. Without knowing exactly what would come next, but with the determination to keep the embers glowing from all that had come before, Maggie Loredo and Jill Anderson committed to build ODA. They met each other and a growing network of bilingual and bicultural youth in Mexico via the book Los Otros Dreamers. Donations from the book funded the founding of ODA and the creation of this website.
Today, ODA is supported by allies around the world, a strong network of returned and deported youth across Mexico, and some of our Leadership Team are: Maggie Loredo, Jill Anderson, Victor Saucedo, Enrique Rojas, Cesar Maldonado, Adriana Figueroa, Victor Hugo Manuel and many more.
Maggie Loredo was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. At the age of 2, she immigrated with her parents and at 18, she decided to move back to Mexico where she has now lived for 8 years. As a founding member of ODA she is dedicated to the well-being of Otr@s Dreamers, advocates for her community on both sides of the border, and coordinates our projects.
Victor H. Manuel. Born in Mexico emigrated to the US with his family at age 3 where he grew up in Las Vegas NV before moving back at the age of 18 after his father was deported. As an active member of ODA and the community he has participated in interviews, events, and binational dialogues to raise awareness for returnees in Mexico.
Claudia A. Amaro, was born in Tijuana. She moved to the U.S. at age 12 in 1988 after her father’s assassination. In 2006 her husband was deported and Claudia decided to move back to Mexico with him and their son. In 2013, Claudia joined the #Dream9 to return home to Kansas City. She supports ODA as liason in the United States.
Enrique Rojas was born in Cuernavaca Morelos. At the age of 12 he emigrated to the US with his family. At 24, he decided to return to Mexico and continue with his education. In 2015, he graduated from Universidad Tecnologica Emiliano Zapata and in 2016 he received his professional license and university degree as an IT Engineer. He currently lives in Mexico City where he works for an IT company whose headquarter is located in San Diego, California. As a member of ODA Enrique wants to help people like us (returnees and deported) young and elder “dreamers” to realize that there is hope and opportunities here in Mexico.
Originally from Provo, Utah and Houston, Texas, Jill Anderson immigrated to Mexico City ten years ago. She is a writer, scholar-activist, and mother to two beautiful, binational daughters. As a founding member of ODA, she currently contributes via research, speaking events, teach-ins, press relations, and community connections.
Víctor M. Saucedo, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. He moved to the U.S. at age 2 and currently lives in San Antonio, TX. He's a musician and technology enthusiast. In 2012 he received his DACA in order to work for a Texas IT company. He was a part of #UnitedWeDream which helped wage the fight that got movement to the victory of DACA. He supports ODA as Website Admin.
ODA recognizes and values how each person in our community are in the midst of their own personal, trans-formative process and at different points along that path may be prepared to actively join us. We welcome anybody who would like to be part of a specific project and/or the Leadership Team.