Italia was the state coordinator for New Mexico Dreamers in Action, a youth-led organization of young immigrant students and allies that fight for equity, access to education, healthcare, and the empowerment of immigrant communities regardless of their immigration status all throughout New Mexico and the nation. Her commitment to social justice and activism allows her to use positive youth development to work with high school and college students, as well as families, in leading the movement towards human rights for all people. Italia is also extremely passionate about biology and hopes to attend medical school in the near future, while also doing community-based research.
Phone: Increasing Health Outcomes in Immigrant Communities Italias Blueprint seeks to increase access to healthcare for undocumented immigrants through community advocacy and alliance building in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is Italias belief that all human beings deserve access to mental, spiritual, and physical healthcare regardless of immigration status. Thus, her Blueprint will allow for the creation of an alliance composed of community members, as well as local pro-immigrant, health, non-profit, and grassroots organizations in Albuquerque and greater New Mexico that addresses the current challenges preventing the immigrant community from thriving. It is her dream to create a plan that can later be used around the nation to positively impact the way undocumented communities seek and receive healthcare services. Italia envisions communities composed of individuals, youth, parents, and families who are no longer afraid of being deported after seeking services at local hospitals, who are no longer terrified of becoming sick because they would not be able to afford treatment, and who are no longer denied services because of their immigration status. Through the creation and implementation of her YP4 Blueprint, Italia hopes to one day witness healthy, empowered, and fearless communities around the world.