In 2008, nearly 400 people were arrested during an immigration raid on a meat packing plant in Iowa.
The stories of these immigrants, of their childhoods, the decision to travel to “El Norte,” and the raid and its aftermath, are told in Shattered Dreams: The Story of a Historic ICE Raid in the Words of the Detainees.
Virginia Gibbs has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Culture. After the 2008 Postville raid, she became active in relief efforts. Now living on the Oregon Coast, she is on the Board of Centro de Ayuda and is a member of the Lincoln County’s Immigration Information Response Team.