Episode 05 - Justino Mora
Justino is the co-founder of UndocuMedia, a non-profit organization which leverages social media to empower the undocumented immigrant community. UndocuMedia has only been around for 4 years but already boasts over 400,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 300,000 on Facebook.
Justino himself is an undocumented immigrant, and throughout this podcast conversation he shares with us the struggles his family faced to find refuge from extreme poverty and domestic violence in Mexico. He defied the odds by becoming the first member in his family to graduate from high school with and attend college. Justino was kind enough to share some intimate moments of his childhood as well as some life lessons he realized along his journey.
Justino’s work is definitely not going unnoticed. In May 2013, he was one of seven immigrant rights activists who were invited to share their story and discuss immigration reform with former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden. He’s also shared his story and ideas on how to use technology to push for immigration reform with several Silicon Valley leaders including Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman, and Drew Houston.
What inspires me most about this conversation with Justino is his unrelenting determination. He’s so motivated to defeat injustice in every form of the word, and he doesn’t waste a second of his time waiting around.