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Julissa Arce is a political commentator, speaker, writer and best-selling author of My (Underground) American Dream and Someone Like Me. She was named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Woman of 2017. She is a leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights and education equality. She is a contributor for Crooked Media, CNBC and a host for Crooked Conversations.
Her book, "My (Underground) American Dream" is currently being developed as a television series with producer and actor America Ferrera.
In order to help other young people in similar circumstances, Julissa co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF). AEF is a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students in New York City, regardless of their ethnicity, national original or immigration status. She also serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center. She was officially sworn in as an American citizen in August of 2014. Read her full biography here.