On Tuesday, August 22nd, state Attorney General William Tong and state Comptroller Sean Scanlon organized a roundtable with the goal being to bring together local and state elected officials, healthcare providers, and the community to talk about the importance of clearing remaining barriers separating Connecticut residents, including undocumented immigrants, from being able to access quality affordable healthcare.

Juliana Garcia (pictured above) shared a moving story about being nine years old and telling her mom that it was okay for her to pass on a dental surgery that would cost them more than $4,000. The reason being, she and her family were undocumented, while Garcia was a “Dreamer”.

Garcia, now 19 years old, advocates for Connecticut residents like herself through her work with CT Students 4 a Dream.

To read more about Garcia’s story and the rest of the roundtable event, visit the New Haven Independent here to read their coverage of the event.