Cruz is originally from El Salvador, and has been living in the US since she was three. Born deaf, she did very well in school throughout her life, but that didn’t translate into a well-paying job, as she had hoped.
“I went to school for many years because I wanted to earn a living wage, and I thought that to do that, I had to become educated. I noticed that I was being offered jobs at a very, very low wage. This was made worse because I was an immigrant and I was doing my best to navigate that system without working myself to death.”