After working for more than ten years at “off the books” retail jobs, Sandra almost lost all hope of becoming a “professional”. But in 2013, she became a DACA recipient. As a result, she was able to pursue new employment opportunities which had been previously unattainable for her as an undocumented immigrant. In 2015, as a means of obtaining additional job security, Sandra decided to further her education. She discovered the Spanish-English Interpretation Certification program and by 2019, she had completed a 45-hour interpretation training certificate program for legal terminology and graduated from community college. Sandra is now enrolled at Hunter College to advance her career further by completing her bachelor’s degree so she may eventually become a full-time interpreter.

 

“Doing the work that I do is very fulfilling because I get to facilitate the communication between people that work for the overall welfare of the community and those who are in much need of these services.” – Sandra Garcia