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Hope Over Hate: Pedro Lopez Vega '17

  • Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

Born in Fresnillo Zacatecas, Mexico, Pedro and his family migrated to Postville, Iowa in 1997. On May 10, 2008 Pedro’s childhood took a traumatic and sudden turn when his mother was arrested during what was at the time the largest immigration raid in US history. Over 900 heavily armed ICE agents arrested 389 undocumented workers at Agriprocessors, Inc. Agents hurried the workers onto prison buses and took them to the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo -- a fairground outfitted as a make-shift detention center. In just four days, nearly 300 of the workers were fast-tracked through the legal system, sentenced to five months in prison, followed by deportation. Families were torn apart and the community left in ruins, but Pedro remained in Postville, eventually graduating from John R. Mott High School in 2013. Pedro shared the story of Postville and its immigrant community in the documentary Abused: The Postville Raid. After obtaining his permanent residency (Green Card), Pedro enrolled at Luther College and graduated in 2017. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his girlfriend, and two cats.

Pedro Lopez Vega 

Questions? Contact Kristen Underwood, 563-387-1536