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Rocio Villanueva is from Yahualica Jalisco, Mexico. She came to the United States at the age of 16. After high school, she joined the military and was deployed to Iraq in 2006. While in the military she was sexually assaulted and injured. As COVID-19 started, she began to take on a new skill which was sewing. She joined a few sewing groups, including the Auntie Sewing Squad. Her role is to make and deliver thousands of masks to many places, like Veterans Affairs, Rancho la Hermosa orphanage, and her community.

Thematic Summary

(00:00:00) Rocio Villanueva starts off with talking about how she joined the Auntie Sewing Squad. (00.11:37) She relays her opinions about the election and Donald Trump. (00:17:10) She discusses her background and her experiences when moving to the United States from Mexico. (00:21:20) Villanueva speaks on the advantages and disadvantages of being a female in the military. (00:35:37) She ends with expressing her feelings about people who have been fighting for basic human rights and also standing up for different movements like racism and police brutality.

Interview Date



Marily Munoz-Serrano; Fernanda Hernandez

Interview with Rocio Villanueva

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