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'People would find out about Honduras’ crime through the news and ask if I was a criminal.”
Embarrassed in elementary school to disclose his home country, Roberto Quesada developed a “plan to be anything but Honduran,” lying about vacation visits to his homeland and stealing an Anglicized nickname from a popular TV show.
That plan inevitably crumbled – “My melanin and indigenous features made me stick out like One World Trade on the New York skyline.” Roberto eventually asked his mother, an activist, to tell him more about his heritage. She told him of a country weakened “by a series of political missteps, corruption, and foreign interference.”
“It pushed me to want to fight for social justice in the U.S.” he says. “I have worked hard to elevate Latino voices and stories. I hope to make the U.S. a more just place for all.”
Roberto has spoken out on environmental and educational equity issues. He has been a U.S. Senate page, a state legislator’s intern, and a member of the USA Debate Team. He aspires to become a lawmaker. He was the Class of 2023 salutatorian.
It pushed me to want to fight for social justice in the U.S.” he says. “I have worked hard to elevate Latino voices and stories. I hope to make the U.S. a more just place for all.
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