Martine M. Kalaw

Writer, Author and Speaker on Immigration

Martine is a community advocate, speaker, writer and Huffington Post blogger on her undocumented immigrant struggle in America. An incredible journey of going from a thirteen year battle as an undocumented immigrant and seven years in deportation without a family, to a senior level executive with an advanced degree, a father and U.S. citizenship is the inspiration behind the mission to share her story. Martine just completed her first memoir, Serendipity's Path to Allegiance. On May 18, 2007, she was a panelist and speaker to the U.S. House of Representative’s Judiciary Subcommittee’s hearing on Immigration Reform, where she shared her story and spoke on behalf of the DREAM Act. Martine is a Global Learning & Development/Training consultant. In her role, she builds and manages worldwide learning programs to help identify and develop future leaders of the organization. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in 2003, where she majored in World Politics. In 2004 she was awarded a Master of Public Administration with a Certificate of Legal Studies at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, focused on immigration law. She was born in Zambia, Africa, but lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) until the age 4, when she immigrated to the United States. She is proud to call the United States her home.