Marco Quiroga

Ruby Jade CoradoMarco Antonio Quiroga came to the United States in 1989 from Peru when he was just 2 years old. He grew up in the South in two shadows, as a gay man and an undocumented immigrant. After graduating high school at the top of his class, Marco struggled to envision a future for himself. As a gay man, he knew that he could never return to Peru, and had to face the possibility that coming out of the closet could mean losing his family, his only support system. In college, he turned to activism. When President Obama announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012, Marco was granted temporary status in the United States. His mother, also an immigrant rights activist, remains undocumented. Marco is currently the National Field Officer at Immigration Equality, the first and only national LGBTQ immigrant rights organization providing free direct legal services and advocacy for LGBTQ undocumented, asylum-seeking, detained individuals and their families. Driven by his own life experiences, Marco leads Immigration Equality’s policy, advocacy and coalition-building efforts.