“I’m not an immigrant in the truest sense of the word -- I was born and raised in New York City. But, I grew up with my parents’ culture and traditions. My first language was Spanish, and I was placed in ESL classes until I was eight years old. I didn’t understand American culture until I was older, and I lived the immigrant experience vicariously through my parents. Because I straddle being American and being an immigrant, I’m able to bridge the gap between the two communities. There’s no disconnect, and I engage both effectively. My work and all that I want to accomplish is done through the eyes of my parents.” - Anthony, Immigrant Community Law Center - ICLC paralegal