Yesica Prado is a multimedia journalist with a Master’s in Journalism from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a first-generation Mexican immigrant from Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico. At the age of nine, Prado immigrated with her family to the United States. She was raised in Southside Chicago as an undocumented student. Before turning 21, Prado was granted a permanent residency U-Visa and took advantage of her new opportunity, expanding her borders to seek a journalism degree. In 2019, Prado was named an inaugural CatchLight Local Fellow, collaborating with CatchLight and the San Francisco Public Press on a long-form visual journalism project looking at how policies affect the daily lives of vehicular residents living in Berkeley and San Francisco.