Diane Guerrero’s Immigration Essay & 6 More Celebs Who Used Personal Experience to Raise Awareness

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This week, the LA Times featured an op-ed by Diane Guerrero (whom you may know as fast-talking, scrappy, Maritza Ramos on Orange Is the New Black) about her parents getting suddenly deported when she was just 14 years old. "Not a single person at any level of government took any note of me," she writes, "No one checked to see if I had a place to live or food to eat, and at 14, I found myself basically on my own." Guerrero's piece calls attention to the importance of immigration reform, as well as the need to fix our country's juvenile justice system. It's well-written, poignant, and deeply moving.

Guerrero isn't the first celeb to use their fame and personal experience to raise awareness. Here are six other celebrities who shared their own stories to raise public consciousness for a cause.

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