Country of Origin: Mexico
Location: Denver, CO
Occupation: Mother, activists, and SEIU Local 105 leader and officer, achieved the American Dream and became a U.S. citizen in 2016 in time for the election
My name is Daniela Robles, I’m 16 years old and I’m proud to call my mom, my immigrant hero.
My mom is my hero because of everything she's sacrificed for her three kids. While most people are putting their kids to bed and sleeping after a day’s work, my mom is working throughout the night in order to give us a better life.
When we were kids, despite the fact that she would get home at 3 o’clock in the morning, my mom would wake up at 7 in the morning to take us all to school. That's not something just anyone can do. She's someone full of determination, leadership and compassion towards others. These qualities have helped her achieve many things, from becoming a U.S. citizen this year to being part of the SEIU team that won a path to $15. She's given us everything she can.
Being a mom is a hard job, and to raise three kids in a different country is even harder. She's never once given up, despite the challenges along the way. Now with her youngest going off to college soon, she can sit back and watch the great job she's done with the three of us. A simple thank you isn't enough to express how grateful I am to have a mom like her.
More about Patricia:
Patricia Robles is a janitor, a member of the Justice For Janitors campaign and Vice President of SEIU Local 105. She is originally from Mexico and has been living in the U.S. for more than 25 yeas. She recently became a U.S. citizen thanks to iAmerica and its partners.
This past June, Patricia was involved in the historic contract agreement where Denver Metro janitor with SEIU Local 105 and cleaning contractors won wage increases over the next four years resulting in a minimum of $15 an hour in 2020.
To read more about the Justice for Janitors campaign and SEIU Local 105 click here.