Robert Sagastume

Robert Sagastume

Photo by Danny Reise/Washington University

Robert Sagastume’s journey, from arriving in America as an adolescent on a visa, to becoming undocumented, to receiving rights under the DACA law, and finally, obtaining a green card, illustrates the challenging plight of children caught in America’s immigration morass through no fault of their own.

At the age of 12, Sagastume entered the U.S. legally with his mother on a visa. But when it expired, she made the decision to stay, out of fear for her safety back in Honduras.

Today, with a green card in hand and a master’s degree in social work from the Brown School imminent, Sagastume, who now calls Kansas City home, is more determined than ever to help those in need. In fact, he is already putting his knowledge and experience to practice by advocating for undocumented youth through the Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance (KSMODA).

Sagastume is part of the panel, “Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Crisis in U.S. Policy” on September 20, 2018.