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Thrive: (verb)

to prosper;
be fortunate or successful.
to grow or develop vigorously;
flourish.

Freedom to Thrive is a narrative and culture change initiative of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) that explores the question: what does it mean to thrive in the United States, and how can we make this a reality for us all? We envision a society where we all can pursue our dreams, engage in meaningful work, and live with joy, dignity, and love, regardless of race, gender identity, class, caste, religion, and ability. And we are working to make that vision a reality.

Portrait Sessions

To capture the vibrancy and resilience of immigrant communities and learn firsthand what it means to have the Freedom To Thrive in the United States The National Immigration Law Center hosted three pop-up portrait sessions in California, Tennessee and Texas.

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Lamartine Alvarez


"Love is a universal language that knows no boundaries...love is the only thing that can be given freely, and it's the force that can unite us all."
-Lamartine

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Participants were asked to share their stories and choose a word that captured what Freedom To Thrive means to them.