Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Exactly Where I am Supposed to Be

June 19, 2013

  Michelle Villegas

Michelle Villegas

As my second week in Washington DC begins to wind down, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the experiences that I’ve had so far. DC is a fast paced city with passionate and hardworking people and I am so blessed to be a part of it this summer. Before arriving, I was filled with many doubts about spending my summer here. I was worried about being in a new city where I didn’t know anyone while my friends and family were enjoying summer together back home.

But after these first two weeks I am sure that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Some people call it fate, destiny, coincidence or maybe God’s plan. I don’t know which one is right but I do know that for the first time in a long time I feel the fire within me being lit. I feel purposeful, fulfilled and challenged. I know that the work I do this summer is only a small portion of a huge movement to reform our broken immigration system in a way that both dignifies people and secures our country.  It is inspiring to be a part of a period so important and momentous in our nation’s history. Every day, I am challenged to work hard but also to look within myself and re-evaluate my beliefs and passions. Working for the CCAO  challenges me to look at political issues and policies through a faith-based lens. To remember that above all, our political agenda should be based upon ideals of morality, compassion and dignity of people.

I have attended various interesting meetings, briefings, and hearings in these last two weeks on the topics of International labor recruitment, human trafficking and of course the immigration reform bill S744. While it is difficult to face the realities of injustice that plague our world, I feel extremely humbled and grounded in the fight for a more just and peaceful world.