All But Name

An undocumented youth's struggle for a college education.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Mimi Schiffman


Conversation with Mimi Schiffman and Natalia Aristizbal, a Youth Power Project volunteer at Make the Road New York, coming soon.

All But Name from Mimi Schiffman on Vimeo.

NY State Youth Leadership Council
Make the Road New York
National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA)
Dream Activist
Dreamers Adrift
Feet in Two Worlds
Immigration Policy Center
Immigrant Legal Resource Center


November 16, 2012


Frisly and girlfriend Tiffany began dating their sophomore year of high school. At the time he was not comfortable sharing his undocumented status with friends. “I never saw her say anything bad about it but you have this feeling that just because you’re undocumented you’re hated.”  It was a real challenge to reveal to Tiffany that he was not getting a license or going on big trips due to his citizenship. Eventually he did tell her, and explained to her the impediments that not being born in this country presented to him including much limited job prospects, no access to financial aid for school and bleak prospects of ever becoming a legal citizen.
October 8, 2012

Mimi Schiffman

The New York Times, Lens blog

Mimi Schiffman, 2012 EF Fellow, was featured in the LENS blog, “A Young Immigrant Struggles for a College Education.” Schiffman followed Frisly Soberanis, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, through the final weeks of high school.


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