12/16/2013 04:26 pm ET

'Out Of The Shadows' Exhibit Hopes To Humanize The Undocumented Experience

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In the self-portrait 20-year-old Alfredo Esparza recently drew, one side of his face is missing.

That’s the part he thinks the world doesn’t see.

A native of Durango, Mexico, the Charlotte resident has lived in the United States for 14 years and until last summer was an undocumented immigrant. This places limits on his life – he couldn’t get a driver’s license and had difficulty landing jobs. He also feared his family would be separated.

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