Category Archives: Mexico-Cent. Amer.

New Beginning Following A Murder in Mexico

My name is Gelo Ochoa, I was born in the house of my grandparents near Aguililla, Sergio Rosales is my son. I migrated from Michoacan Mexico and in the present day I live in Redwood City, CA. I take care of children, clean my home, and go to school most of the days. My son decided to choose me because ... Read More »

Leaving Violence-Torn El Salvador

On her second day of being in the United States she found a job packaging lettuce, and although it was a difficult task to do, she earned nearly 16 times what she would’ve earned in El Salvador in a week. My mother, Ana  was born in La Libertad, El Salvador – just a few miles away from the capital, San ... Read More »

Traveler at Heart

            …in Mexico we had a four-walled home with no bedrooms, no bathrooms, and no kitchen. Although you’d sometimes sleep inside, the bathroom and kitchen were always outside. When I came to the United States, I was very surprised to find a bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, and even carpet…         I am the ... Read More »

Medical Expenses Lead to Immigration

Life in La Mira was basically perfect for my mother as well as for her six sisters and four brothers. She loved to go to the beach with her friends and just hang out with them especially on Sundays. Then one day her dad got really sick and they needed to check what he had. Later on they figured out ... Read More »

Crossing to the “Land of the Better”

“they taste nothing like the ones sold over there huh?…”, I said to him. He only smiled and said, “todo aya sabe mejor…” “everything over there tastes better…”. I was only 19 when we chose to make this decision…… my husband and I believed that coming to the United States would be as simple as the answer everyone gives – ... Read More »

Border Kept Her Separate From Family At Difficult Times

                            One of the memories she has from when she first got here was her first shower. In Mexico she was used to taking bucket baths. In her first encounter with a shower here she was very confused because she was not given a container or bowl ... Read More »

Leaving Guatemala

My dad lived in San Raymundo, which is a municipality in Guatemala. He lived in a nice, medium sized house with his 2 brothers, sister, and his parents. My dad had many responsibilities around his house. He would wake up at around 5 every morning to take care of the cows and the crops, and then he would get ready ... Read More »

The “Promised Land” and Its Challenges

The person I chose to interview was my father, Enrique Aranda, who was born April 7 1977 in Jalisco, Mexico. He left Ahuisculco, the little town he lived in in Jalisco, when he was about 17 years old out of curiosity of the “promised land” and the opportunity he was given through music. Music is a huge part of his ... Read More »

Rafael – Immigration Story of a Family Reunited

It’s not uncommon for families to separate as one or more go to the US first to establish roots and some security before the others come.  Rafael was brought up in El Salvador by extended family until he was 4 years old and got the call to rejoin his mother. Rafael was one of the featured Storytellers at our “Walk of ... Read More »

Karolina – Hard-working DREAMer Teen

Karolina is a high school student who works as many hours as she can at a grocery store. She’s not saving money to buy a car or a prom dress. She’s working to help her family survive. Karolina was one of the storytellers at our “Walk of DREAMers” event and here is her emotion-filled video. To view the other five ... Read More »

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