Many U, co-founder

At a very young age, Many Uch came to the U.S. as a refugee from the killing fields of Cambodia. He was raised by his mother in a housing project in Seattle, Washington. He has no memory of Cambodia.

In 1994, he committed a minor crime for which he served a full prison sentence. Instead of releasing him at the end of his sentence, immigration officials sought to deport him to Cambodia because he was a non-citizen.

However, at the time, Cambodia refused to accept deportees, leaving Many in detention for an additional three years. He was paroled only after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that aliens could not be detained indefinitely.