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Nicole Bonjean

Before moving to D.C., Brenda Hernandez had never left her home state of Florida. Grounded by her family’s immigrant experiences and her work leading student organizations at the University of Florida, Brenda is excited be continue gaining hands-on experience in the immigration field.

The reasons for which I became a Franciscan Minor Brother are rooted in my childhood.

In the 1960’s, when television entered our home for the first time, I was introduced to the outside world. Specifically,  documentaries showed me images of children suffering from malnourishment. Being from a poor, Spanish farming family of 13 brothers and sisters, I immediately identified with the extreme poverty, suffering, and malnutrition of those children. I remember telling my mom:  “mom, I want to do something for them.”