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Gonzalo’s Migration Story

It was 1977 when Gonzalo was left in an orphanage in Puebla, Mexico while he was still a child. For about 12 years Gonzalo lived in the orphanage. Gonzalo did all kinds of things in the orphanage, things such as picking up the cow poop, milking goats, and going to other cities in Mexico. One thing Gonzalo liked about the ... Read More »

Patricia : Mother and Role Model

This is the story of a female immigrant that came to America, leaving her home, family, and memories to create a better living environment for her children. Her name was Patricia Hernandez Galvez and she was born in Torreon, Mexico in 1972. During her childhood she lived with her older brother Hector, her younger brother Freddie, and both her mom ... Read More »

From Arteaga Michoacan: New Life in Redwood City

My name is Esther. It was twenty years ago when I was living in Arteaga Michoacan. I was living in a small ranch with my mother, my husband, and my two little kids. It was small, and had a small creek on the side. The smell of avocados came from the several big avocado trees. I see my two children ... Read More »

Michoacan Mexico: 12 Year Old Ice Cream Vendor

No education. Hard work. Poor. That is my life in Michoacan, Mexico. My family lived in a ranch type of home. Everyday in the hot sunny morning, I would breath in the scent of fresh dry dirt the moment I stepped outside onto the dry, cracked dirt road, wearing almost the same exact clothes each day: A plain white shirt ... Read More »

Migration from Mexico: Homesick But Glad

Everything was so new and different. Nothing was the same as how it used to be back in Cihuatlan, Mexico. The warmth was not the same. The food did not have the same organic taste to it most of the food were all mostly processed. The city was big compared to Cihuatlan where there were only to streets that crossed ... Read More »

Leaving El Salvador Poverty for New Opportunities

If all of my kids graduate from college, I would feel like the happiest woman in the world.” The year was 2001 when I was working on a farm with my parents. I had a hard life because we were not rich and had to work hard. We had to take care of animals and had to work every day. ... Read More »

Migrated to America for the Children’s Futures

photo by Daniel Lobo[/caption] The year was 2000 when Rosendo just got into Arizona, but it didn’t start out well at all. All that they were able to see was sand and all he could feel was the hot wind in his face. His wife, Evelia, was pregnant and while getting over the fence she falls around 15 feet onto ... Read More »

Perseverance and Steady Progress

My dad lived in Guatemala with his mom, dad and sister. They lived in a small neighborhood with security. He lived in a private place, not a poor area. He has an older sister and she moved to America alone. Four months after his sister left, he woke up one morning with his dad and mom downstairs with the smell ... Read More »

Memory Is Our Home: Transition from Poland

In 1968 an unmistakable anti-Semitic undertone came out into the open, and ‘intellectual’ and ‘Jew’ were words used interchangeably to degrade those who criticized the Polish government. Thus began the targeting of Jewish students, professors, and professionals. The result was that most Polish Jews lost their jobs and about 30,000 were forced out of Poland. Of the over 3 million ... Read More »

Stacked like Fire Wood

I remember when two people attacked me and put two guns on my head and said they would kill me if I didn’t give them money.” My parents didn’t know each other that well yet. They both lived in Guatemala. My mom’s family was very poor, but my mom is a kind, hard working woman. There are six of them ... Read More »

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