Paola Mendoza is a film director, activist, author and artist working at the leading-edge of human rights.

Her work thoughtfully tackles the complex issues of poverty and immigration on women and children in the United States. Paola is a Race Forward Fellow, an Opportunity Agenda Fellow and a Pop Culture; Becoming America Fellow. She was named Glamour’s Woman of the Year in 2017 and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.


Rosa’s Miracle

In 2018, Rosa began a seemingly impossible journey with her four children. She joined over 7,000 people and walked from Honduras to the United States’ southern border.

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Mourner’s Walk

Honoring the 356,000 people whose lives have been lost to COVID this year. Artists and activists gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens—New York City’s “virus epicenter”.

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Gripping and urgent, co-authors Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher have crafted a narrative that is as haunting as it is hopeful in envisioning a future where everyone can find sanctuary.

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“Mendoza and Sher’s descriptions of emotional trauma are heart-wrenchingly raw.
A story of survival and hope, Sanctuary is a gripping work of fiction, with a message about xenophobia that’s rooted in a scarily real world.”

— New York Times

“[This] stunning work of YA dystopian fiction…is a triumph in its genre and so politically astute that it sears.”

— School Library Journal