NILC Launches “Freedom to Thrive” Portrait Pop Ups Across the Country

August 26, 2023

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The National Immigration Law Center Launches “Freedom to Thrive” Portrait Pop Ups Across the Country

WASHINGTON — Today, The National Immigration Law Center launches their “Freedom to Thrive” portrait sessions starting in California, with Tennessee and Texas sessions planned later this year.

The Freedom to Thrive initiative is a narrative and cultural campaign to shift the hearts and minds of the American public and create lasting change that enables all of us to thrive. At the event, community members in Long Beach will share their stories and pose for their portraits as we explore what it means to thrive through storytelling. These portrait sessions will capture the vibrancy and resilience of immigrant communities and examples of what it means to have the Freedom to Thrive in the United States. These sessions aim to show the American public that we all deserve a society where we can pursue our dreams, engage in meaningful work, and live with joy, dignity, and love.

Victoria Ballesteros, Executive Vice President of Strategic Communications and Narrative at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“The freedom to thrive belongs to us all. The portrait pop up in Long Beach, California, will be a celebration of the diversity and dignity of immigrant communities. Each of us has a story in our pursuit of joy, love, and the American dream. Yet, the reality of our present version of the American dream has prioritized individualism and the accumulation of wealth. Through this project we hope to infuse in the public consciousness a vision of freedom that is rooted in abundance and centers our interconnectedness and our human dignity, no matter how much money we have, what we look like, or where we were born.”