Lujza Nehrebeczky was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, and came to the U.S. in 2001 for college. In 2003 she met the love of her life, Joy, and decided to come out as lesbian. Eight years after they met, Lujza and Joy were legally married, but because of the Defense of Marriage Act, Joy cannot sponsor Lujza for citizenship.
Lujza has to remain a college student indefinitely in order to stay in the U.S. with Joy. She hopes to earn a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and become an English instructor for immigrant students. Although Lujza is not undocumented, she stands in solidarity with her DREAMer friends and is honored to be a part of this project.