My name Yunuen Alvarado Bustos, and I was born in Queretaro, Mexico. I immigrated to the United States when I was six years old, and grew up moving around the Southern states –Georgia, Florida and Alabama–before eventually settling in Austin, Texas when I was 14 years old.
Growing up as a young, undocumented kid was very difficult at first. I didn’t have a full grasp of the English language and was sometimes teased for having an accent.
Although times were tough, my mother did not give up once and taught me the importance of resilience, compassion and respect for others, as well as the need to have a good moral compass in the face of uncertainty and injustice. Because of this, I know that my purpose in life is to be of service to my community, and to always stand up for what I believe is right.
When I was 15, I became a DACA recipient, and this opened so many doors for me. Having a work permit allowed me many opportunities that I would never have had otherwise. I graduated from Texas State University in 2020 with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication (Digital Media concentration) and a minor in Diversity Studies. Currently, I am working on a masters’ degree in Sustainability Studies. I also have a background in sociology and philosophy.
I work at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law because I love helping people, and it brings me great joy to use my knowledge and skills to provide support for underrepresented communities. I know what it’s like to feel helpless, or like you don’t belong, and I fight every day to make sure other people don’t have to feel like that.