Immigration and the Arts

Law is Downstream from Culture.

Raices lookS to the arts to SPARK Conversations around immigration, justice, and humanity in order to TOUCH hearts and minds, and ultimately IMPACT immigration policies and practices.

Creative Partnerships

Dreams of the San Joaquin

Musicians Michael McDonald and Willie Nelson, with David Hidalgo, release new music video to benefit RAICES and the United Farm Workers of America Learn More

Homeland Insecurity

RAICES podcast explores the unwritten history of DHS, a government agency that was created to protect us from terrorism only to be weaponized against immigrants Listen

Staff Picks

Immigration Nation
The series highlights the human toll of a broken immigration policy, with no one being spared, not even our war veterans
—Ulises Soler, Jr., Director of Corporate Relations
La Jaula de Oro
presents migrants as full, complex characters through the eyes of three determined Guatemalan teens on a dystopian trip
—Natasha Pizzey, Director of Video
The New American Gothic
this painting makes a strong statement about the working immigrant and highlights the cost of the American Dream
—Luz Varela, Legal Assistant; DOJ Accredited Rep
Curatorial Partners

“Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe is a Dominican, Bronx-raised community organizer, writer, and spoken word performer. Her work raises awareness around issues of race, gender, and migration. She is also developing the visual component of her work through the Define American Immigrant Creative Fellowship.”
– Bethany Wearden, Creative Programs Manager

Define American is a culture change organization that uses the power of narrative to humanize conversations about immigrants. Our advocacy within news, entertainment, and digital media is creating an America where everyone belongs. To learn more about the Define American Creative Fellowship and apply visit


Everyday, artists, content producers, and cultural organizations give their creative talents, influence, and other resources to the fight for liberty and justice for all immigrants and refugees.