Making an IMPACT: Sophie Cruz

Crowd at the Women's March on Washington
Can you believe that a six-year-old girl from Los Angeles gave a speech to so many people?

Can you imagine giving a speech in front of a million people? Would you be nervous? Excited? A six-year-old girl from Los Angeles named Sophie Cruz did just that. She spoke because she wanted to help keep her family safe.

In January of 2017, almost a million people participated at the Women’s March on Washington D.C. Sophie Cruz gave a speech at the march. She spoke in both Spanish and English. Her parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico. This means they do not have the legal right to live in the United States. Like millions more families in this situation, Sophie’s parents could be sent back to Mexico.

Sophie spoke because she wants the government to help people find a way to stay in the United States. She told the crowd, “We are here together making a chain of love to protect our families. Let us fight with love, faith, and courage so that our families will not be destroyed.”

Sophie has done other things to help. When she was five years old, she went past guards to deliver a message to the Pope [the leader of the Roman Catholic Church] about her family. She will continue to work to keep her family together because Sophie is a very brave young girl.

What Do You Think What do you do to help people you care about?

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