Our mission here at Undocumented Finance is to bring unbanked and under-banked immigrant consumers into the the financial mainstream by raising awareness about the landscape of U.S financial institutions, trustworthy sources of financial education, and other topics relevant to navigating the U.S financial system. Most importantly, we want to provide a sense of community to our diverse group of readers.
My name is Kelly Harry, I am the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Undocumented Finance. I am also a DACA-mented immigrant. While navigating through college and later, the workforce, I faced many hardships. Thankfully, I had the help of my community to support me as I pursued a better financial quality of life. I’m beaming with joy as I report that a better financial quality of life is VERY possible with the right tools and resources. I have made it my mission to gather these tools and resources in one place so that you too, can be happier about your financial and professional circumstances.
I was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up undocumented in the United States since the age of nine. After almost a decade of being undocumented, I received the news that the Obama administration will officially start accepting applications for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.) The announcement was made in June of 2012. At the time, I was a senior at Brooklyn College pursuing a dual degree in Journalism and Economics.
Approaching my final semester, the stars couldn’t have aligned at a more pressing time. The Founding Financial Editor of CNN Mr. Myron Kandel saw something in me, and agreed to be my mentor. Mr. Kandel was in the midst of reviewing my resume and cover letter for an amazing paid internship opportunity at CNN Money. I applied for DACA but didn’t hear back, and was afraid that if I did get the internship, I would have to turn it down for lack proper documentation. However, the complete opposite happened. I got a letter in the mail from USCIS stating my request for DACA relief was granted! and literally, a day later, I got a call from CNN saying that I got the internship.
After interning at CNN, I went on to intern at NBC, CNBC, WNBC, and AOL Finance. I also wrote for MagnifyMoney.com, FuzionMagazine.com, and Today.com. I’m currently on my 2nd renewal of DACA and is pursuing my career in the big apple. There’s a saying that goes;
“To whom much is given, much is expected”
and because I’ve been extremely blessed in my pursuit of success, I almost feel like it’s my duty to give back to my immigrant community by combining my 3 passions, journalism, finance and the ever unfulfilled need to help. Undocumented finance, is my way of doing just that.