Category Archives: STORIES

Making Her Way as a Teen to New York City (El Salvador)

                I was born and raised in El Salvador in a small pueblo in Guarnecia. It was a beautiful and peaceful country of coexistence and with lots of things to do. I lived in an ugly, baby blue, two-story house surrounded by many refreshing lakes and fruitful trees. The lakes were our only ... Read More »

Determined Mother Caretaker (Mexico)

                Rosalinda Cabrera (name changed), my mother who is 34 years old, immigrated from Michoacan, Mexico to Santa Rosa as a child. She later immigrated back to Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles in 2005 when she was 17 years-old where she later moved to the Bay Area. For over 10 years, she ... Read More »

Great Migration: Alabama to California

  Editor’s Note:  Many African-Americans trace their roots back to slavery, but often the specific family’s early history in America as well as their country of origin has been erased.  The story of these families are an integral part of the American story and slavery was a form of forced immigration. We pick up the family story as far back ... Read More »

“Ahora estoy feliz” (Mexico)

    I migrated in 1995 from Michoacán, Mexico when I was only 4 years old. Me and my family wanted to migrate just like every other immigrant would want to migrate for, “the american dream”. I had to stay in Mexico with my grandparents, in a big house with not much furniture inside or beds as well as sofas, ... Read More »

Thirty-plus Years of a New Life

              I interviewed my father who is currently 47 years old and was born in Apatzingan Michoacan, Mexico. As a young child, he would migrate all over Mexico due to his father’s job. His father was a musician and they were constantly on the move until they settled in Nueva Italia, Mexico. He then ... Read More »

“A Long Hike” for a 4 Year Old Who Becomes a Teacher

  I am from teavana in my favorite jarrito’s mug but that’s not how my original story started. I was a 4 year old leaving Mexico and migrating to Chicago, IL knowing I had family waiting for me and my family was ready to start a “new life” as everyone calls it.  My story starts in a small Mexican town ... Read More »

Journey to Freedom

-How old were you when you left Cuba? 31 years old. I left on January 20th, 1971. – What did you do for work in Cuba? I was a barber. My father was a barber as well, and when I was 12 my mother sent me to his shop to start learning from him. At first I would just help ... Read More »

A Dream Fulfilled (Egypt)

            Ali (name changed) grew up in a privileged, upper-economic status home in Cairo, Egypt.  With a light-skinned complexion and a lanky-athletic build, Ali attended one of the best private Christian schools in Cairo even though he and his family were practicing Muslims.  He was proud (and perhaps overly confident) that his English language and ... Read More »

Mechanic from Mexico

        1. How old were you when you first thought of crossing over? A: I was 15 years old and still in high school. I had heard stories about other people having success “up north”. I wanted to explore the United States and see what could be out there for me. 2. When did you actually make ... Read More »

Remembering your “why” (Russia)

            I was thirteen years old when we moved to the United States. It was my first trip on the airplane, and I remember feeling excited and scared at the same time. Scared because I have never flown on an airplane before, and excited because I wanted to see my city from a bird’s eye ... Read More »