Archivo is passion project inspired by the work of local immigration activist, Maru Mora Villalpando. Together, we created a bilingual guide for undocumented people to equip themselves with their own documentation. The collection and organization of these documents—education and medical records, pay stubs, receipts, tax returns, bills, etc.—makes it easier to apply for special programs or prepare for other legal situations.
My role
Visual design
Production and distribution
Maru Mora Villalpando
Jennifer Cheng
Sappi Ideas that Matter
Emerald City Graphics
Archivo components
  • A bilingual Spanish-English booklet with instructions for collecting relevant documents
  • A worksheet to keep an inventory of documents
  • File folders to separate documents by year
  • Branded document case
Archivo was initially conceived to prepare applicants for the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which provides two years of protection from deportation and work authorization. In a climate in which immigration policies and enforcement practices are constantly in flux, we adapted the toolkit to work for other legal situations that undocumented people face.
bilingual content

All content was in Spanish and English for a primarily intergenerational audience of Latinx youth and their parents. Immigration attorneys and our community partners consulted on content to ensure quality and accuracy.

visual design
We used vibrant colors and illustrations to appeal to a young adult audience and as a contrast to the dull, dense aesthetic of government sites where this information is typically found.
production + distribution
As of spring 2017, we produced and distributed 2000 Archivo kits. Most were shared at community workshops throughout WA state. Partner organizations serving OR, CA, TN, and IL also distributed kits in their communities.
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