In 1995, Jimenez and his brother were smuggled into the United States at the border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana by posing as the children of a couple visiting the country.
Jimenez was seven when he and his brother rejoined their mother in Los Angeles. He completed high school and community college in San Jose after his family moved there from the gang-riddled streets of South Central Los Angeles. Now a senior majoring in ethnic studies, Jimenez transferred to UC Berkeley in spring 2010 after three years at DeAnza Community College in Cupertino. (Photo by Zully Juarez)