The Immigration Project

Camila Graunke

Portrait of Camila Graunke.

Camila came to the United States when she was 9 years old, from Quito, Ecuador. She was a DACA recipient and worked her way through high school and college with the support of her parents. Camila graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2019 and was given the Pitcher Award for best in her class. Her art practice told her story of being an immigrant herself and used ceramic and fabric sculptures to advocate for all who stood on similar ground. In December 2020, Camila was given the opportunity to join The Immigration Project beginning with a position with Eviction Relief, then Office Manager, and is currently working as a Paralegal for CARE.

As a Teen Girl Youth Director at YouthHope, Assistant Director of Camp Summit, Social Worker of a Domestic Violence Shelter, committed volunteer of Feed My Starving Children, and Paralegal for The Immigration Project, Camila has learned the value of using her voice to speak and walk alongside neglected communities and people. Whether with clay, legal screenings, or grains of rice, Camila will continue to practice the art of serving those around her, knowing that it has, is, and could be her in the same shoes. Her inspiration comes from a perspective such as this “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”