Our innovative mission

Define American is a nonprofit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.

We’ve been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies in the world, for “using popular culture to influence the [immigration] debate. Using media consulting, original content development and production, media advocacy, and live events, Define American humanizes the conversation on immigration and fights anti-immigrant hate through storytelling. To date, Define American has consulted on more than 45 films and television projects, such as Grey’s Anatomy and Superstore, spanning networks like ABC and NBC and streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu.”

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Entertainment Media

At Define American, we believe that powerful storytelling is the catalyst that can reshape our country’s immigration narrative and generate significant cultural change.
We partner with some of the biggest influencers in Hollywood, and leverage the power of media and entertainment to create a new rhetoric and cultural relevancy around this crucial topic.

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News Media

See our latest press releases and media hits. Members of the media can contact our communications team, and download fact sheets.

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Chapters and Campaigns

Learn about ways to get directly involved in our work. From digital awareness campaigns to on the ground events, we’re using the power of our stories to fight anti-immigrant hate.

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Our Team

Define American was founded in April 2011 by Jose Antonio Vargas with Jake Brewer, Jehmu Greene, and Alicia Menendez.

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Define American is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. EIN: 46-4610491.