Sophie Cruz proves that you are never be too young to make a stand for what is right. Her first real feat of activism was weaseling her way through tight security to give Pope Francis a letter that said, in Spanish: “my friends and I love each other no matter our skin color.” She asked the Pope to speak with “the president and Congress” about immigration: she fears that her parents, who are undocumented immigrants living in America, could be deported from the U.S. at any day with the increasingly divisive and racist rhetoric towards immigrants in this country. When a six year old has to deal with things of that magnitude—and knows to ask for help—is when you know you know there’s a problem. Cruz isn’t just a one-hit wonder, though. She spoke at the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017, when she again advocated for immigrants’ rights. “We are here together making a chain of love to protect our families,” Cruz said. “Let us fight with love, faith, and courage so that our families will not be destroyed.” Cruz was also the recipient of the Define American Award for Activist of the Year in 2017.