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Diane Guerrero, an actress on Netflix's Orange is the New Black
, will speak at Texas Lutheran University
in Seguin later this month.
Guerrero, who plays Maritza Ramos, will open up to the audience about her experience as a child of undocumented immigrants. Her parents were detained and deported
while she was at school when she was just 14 years old. A natural-born citizen, Guerrero was able to stay in the U.S. when family friends took her in and helped her build a successful life, leading to her acting career.
Though she's best known as one-half of "Flaritza" on OITNB, Guerrero has used her celebrity status to focus on issues important to her. The actress wrote a memoir on her experience, "In The Country We Love: My Family Divided," detailing her resilience against the scary reality of life for undocumented residents. Under the Obama administration, Guerrero was named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization
Guerrero will speak on a number of Latino-related issues at her appearance, and will be signing copies of her memoir
after her talk. The event is free and open to the public.