Attorney Yesenia Polanco
Durham, Immigration,
and Latino community issues

By: Aaron Mandel

We are long overdue at the Clarion Content to cover more Latino community issues. Jess Dilday, our Editor, recently wrote a poignant piece on Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) and deportations. As the publisher, I have been hoping to have Yesenia Polanco-Galdamez on the podcast since she shared this piece about young immigrants with us last January.

Yesenia Polanco-Galdamez has been an attorney for nearly ten years. She is a downtown Durham, NC resident and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She has her own firm, Polanco Law PLLC. Her family immigrated seeking political asylum from El Salvador’s Civil War in the early in 1980’s.

Attorney Yesenia Polanco

Attorney Yesenia Polanco-Galdamez

She has been working with the Triangle Latino Community in various capacities for many years. She is passionately devoted to leadership, social change, and learning.

She writes a weekly column in one of our locally-owned Spanish-language newspapers, La Noticia’s “Dudas del Inmigrante”.

This past Monday, March 14th, 2016, she and I sat down to talk. Our conversation ranged from issues facing the Latino community, statewide, and in Durham, to her personal story.

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