Tag Archives: SIREN

Adriana Garcia

  Ms. Garcia was born in San Jose, CA, but tells how the family moved back to Mexico hoping to stay there on a small farm they cultivated.  A drought made it impossible to stay on the farm in 1985 and they returned to the U.S.   Read More »

Patricia Diaz

  Patricia shares the immigration story of her parents and talks about the values her father stressed.  She is Executive Director of SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network). Read More »

Lucila Ortiz

Lucila immigrated as an 11 year old when the family decided to join their father in the U.S. She recounts how a high school club she joined changed her life for the better. Read More »

Jeremy Barousse

Jeremy’s grandparents left home in Poland when the Nazis invaded.  His grandmother was only 16 when she made it to a refugee camp. In California they worked in the fields. Read More »

Maria Hernandez

Story by Maria Hernandez     English translation of video clip: My name is Maria Hernandez. Hernandez is my marriage name. My maiden name from my hometown is Castañeda. I’m from Las Varas, Nayarit México. This is my youngest child. I have two other ones. I’m 36 years old.  My favorite food is Ceviche because of my state….. it’s a ... Read More »

Connie Cortes

English translation of video clip: My name is Connie Cortez. I’m from Mexico, from Michoacán. My father, who was already here as an immigrant… I come from a town of immigrants. Everyone had to come to the United States because of necessity. My dad came and didn’t see me be born. He knew me through photos until I was 6 ... Read More »

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