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Oral History


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February 2023


Christian Martinez Lemus is the Advocacy Specialist for CASA, a nonprofit immigrants community an organization with more than one hundred-thousand individual members. Christian discusses his parents’ origins in Guatemala, their journey to Stafford County, Virginia, where he was born, and his graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2021. He discusses life as a student at VCU, where he graduated with three degrees and played in the pep band, his advocacy work with CASA, and how the new governor has affected the community under his tenure. His work focuses on lobbying for trust policies in Fairfax County, and Safe Streets, a campaign focused on transit equity and safer roads. He discusses the challenges wrought by COVID-19, CASA’s vaccination campaigns, and awareness and relief efforts.

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Latino Virginia Oral History Project

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