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Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation's leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. In 2011, The New York Times Magazine published an essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. He then produced and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. He also produced and directed the Emmy-nominated special White People, on what it means to be young and white in a demographically-changing America. His newly-published memoir is Dear America: Notes from an Undocumented Citizen.