"I know that every trial I have gone through in life and will go through is to help me grow and become who my Heavenly Father wants me to become. Life is hard, bad things happen to good people, but I will never give up. I am willing to sacrifice anything to fight for my rights and pursue my dreams in this country." - Estefany Mendez.
Estefany Mendez was born in Mexico City. Her father, a journalist and founder of the PRD (The Party of the Democratic Revolution), was assaulted and nearly killed for publishing illegal practices amongst a certain political party. This assault was denounced in the Mexican Chamber of Congress, and aired throughout national media outlets. Despite all who were informed about the incident, no justice was done. The suspects were let free and still hold prestigious political positions in the government. Her mother, who worked as a school teacher for over 30 years, with her husbands experience and continual social injustices, decided to bring her daughters to the United States in hope of a brighter future and a safer world. Estefany graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's in journalism and a minor in French literature. Estefany has earned national recognition for production and reporting work, and started the first Spanish newscast at a university level. She has not been able to take job opportunities because of her legal situation. Estefany aspires to become a successful newscast producer and get a master's degree in journalism. She hopes to one day visit her country and do an investigate story on her father's assault, seeking justice in hope of helping other journalists who are attacked and killed with no laws to protect them.