This piece is about my struggle with depression and mental health.
Francis Gutierrez is a Manhattan-raised, young Latina writer with a passion for activism. Her work ranges from self-reflective poetry to informative and analytical journalistic pieces. She hopes to make a difference with her writing and to help others.
Oftentimes I tend to focus on generational curses, the bad traits I’ve received from my family. My piece reflects on this and the generational blessings passed down.
The Perfect American tells the stories of immigrants detained by ICE. Every episode is centered around a different detainee. Each with a different story, a different perspective, and a different relationship with America. In this country, where not everyone qualifies as American, these people deserve a chance to be heard. A chance to prove themselves, to show who they are outside of what the media spews about them. These are the Perfect Americans, the people who strive to be a part of a nation that doesn’t want them.