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Born and raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Juan Manuel Guzman crossed the borders of Guatemala, Mexico and the United States with his five-year-old nephew in 2005.

Since then, he has been part of a vibrant community in the Metropolitan Area of Washington D.C. where he lived and worked alongside other immigrants. Deeply affected by his reality, he resolved to learn English and go to college. In 2011, Guzman graduated with an A.A. Degree from Montgomery College and transferred to University of Baltimore. A passionate observer of politics and international affairs, Guzman enrolled at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where he completed a M.A. in Latin American studies and a Certificate in Diplomatic Studies.

After completing school, Guzman decided to come out of the shadows and fight for immigrants like him. Currently, he serves as the Advocacy and Policy Manager for United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network.