Photo: Carla Chavarria Shares Faces of Original DREAMers with "Por Ella" Campaign
As part of the iDREAM campaign, self-taught photographer Carla Chavarria wanted to shine a light on the mothers who inspired those now fighting for the DREAM Act.
Charvarria, 20, created the “Por Ella” photo campaign in protest after watching the DREAM Act fail 2010.
She recently told COLORLINES, ‘Art has always been my passion, and I wanted to do something that could help the movement even though I’m not that into the politics and policy side. That’s why I started the iDREAM campaign—photographing DREAMers and telling their stories.’
Chavarria created this month to highlight the Arizona immigrant youth movement as the so-called Gang of Eight senators hammer out the terms of a comprehensive reform bill. Chavarria says the photos represent a more expansive message: “We may have DACA now, but our parents are still waiting. They were the ones who have been pushing for reform all along. So this is us saying, ‘It’s [our] turn to take care of you.’”
Learn more about the mothers and children pictured here.