By most accounts, living in Georgia as an undocumented immigrant is exceptionally difficult. The state is notorious for having some of the strictest immigration laws in the country. But in the face of hopelessness, immigration attorney Pamela Peynado is there, ready to fight till the end. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, Pamela witnessed firsthand the struggles families undergo when their loved ones are detained and deported. After witnessing the conditions her uncle faced while held by ICE at Georgia’s Stewart Detention Center, Pamela was fueled to attend law school. At 29, she became the youngest and only female partner in the history of her firm. Today, she works tirelessly defending the rights and the dignity of thousands of immigrants across the country. In the spirit of the original defender, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Great Big Story is proud to celebrate the fearless, the headstrong and the undeterred with our series, “Defenders.” Watch the complete series now.


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