Gaby Pacheco — Miami, FL
Gaby, 25, was brought to this country from Ecuador at age 7. In 2006, immigration agents raided her family home, and they have been fighting deportation since. Nonetheless, she has earned two associates degrees and is working on her BA in special education. A born leader, Gaby has served as president of the student government as well as for the statewide Junior Community College Student Government Association. She is a founder of Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER), an organization advocating on behalf of undocumented youth. In her high school, Gaby was the highest ranked Junior ROTC student and scored highest on the military’s vocational aptitude test. No wonder the Air Force tried to recruit her. Her status prevented her from serving.