Marina Di Bartolo, M.D., works as a primary care practitioner in Camden, New Jersey, where she treats patients in the crosshairs of the coronavirus. On the latest episode of Princeton's “We Roar” podcast, she shares her journey from Venezuela to Princeton University to last week’s ruling that protected the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — at least for now.
“I am not alone as a DACA physician,” says Di Bartolo, a Class of 2010 alumna who came to the United States as a child. “There are over 27,000 DACA recipients who are health care workers providing essential services, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and others.”
She adds: “COVID is affecting populations of color, populations who are immigrants, populations from the inner city, [those] who are underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged, more than others. And DACA recipients have been known to disproportionately serve those communities, so we are on the front lines, and on the front lines of the front lines.”
Di Bartolo shared her story with “We Roar” on June 18, the day that the Supreme Court struck down the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA protections.