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"Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude."  -Michelle Obama 


About Denea Randeen Joseph

Activist  Organizer

Denea (Pronounced Denae) Joseph is an UndocuBlack DACA recipient who immigrated to the United States at the age of seven years old from Belize, Central America. It wasn’t until her Junior year of high school that she realized the challenges she would face as a result of her immigrant identity. However, she was accepted into the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she commuted back and forth from South Los Angeles to Westwood because of financial limitations for undocumented youth in higher education. Nevertheless, Denea persisted. 

As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Denea advocated for the creation of an immigration attorney position at UCLA, increased and sustainable financial aid for undocumented youth across the University of California. Additionally, as a Young People For(YP4) fellow, Denea developed a social justice blueprint to address undocumented access and retention in institutions of higher learning. 

Denea has been vocal about her Undocublack experience, even being featured in Los Angeles Magazine's historic immigration issue and attending the State of the Union as the guest of Senator Kamala Harris.  Denea is a national immigrant rights activist and has been serving as the Vice President for the Black Los Angeles Young Democrats and communications coordinator for the UndocuBlack Network (UBN) where she advocates for the representation of UndocuBlack immigrants within the mainstream immigrant narrative. She aspires to be a Human Rights attorney, advocating for the rights of the most marginalized around the globe.


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"*Denea don't need more press."

Undocumented & Black: Race & Justice in America Panel at Harvard University

KQED News State of the Union Interview


2019 Speaking Engagements


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