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The Story of Fernando Barahona

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The Story of Fernando Barahona

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

Our interviewee today is Fernando Barahona, originally from a small town located in the Sierra of Ecuador called Guaranda. Can you tell our readers how you achieved the American dream? “It all started with my father. When I was only seven years old, I went through a family separation, because he emigrated to the U.S….

2018 American Dream Awards Finalists Announced Eight immigrants are in the running for four $2,000 awards

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2018 American Dream Awards Finalists Announced Eight immigrants are in the running for four $2,000 awards

By Emanuela Palmares

There are those among us in our immigrant community who have overcome great challenges to provide for their families, yet they persevere. There are those among us who are students, immigrants or the children of immigrant parents, who juggle their studies, help at home with translation and hold down a job, all while still in…

The Story of Tiffany Araujo

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The Story of Tiffany Araujo

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Tiffany Araujo. Tell me how your story begins? “To be honest, I must admit that my life began in Minas Gerais, a state located in northern Brazil, where the main economic activity is agriculture. My parents are from that area. They emigrated 30 years ago to this wonderful country, where I…

The Story of David Ostermayer

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The Story of David Ostermayer

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Our interviewee today is David Ostermayer. You have a German last name but your Spanish is perfect, tell me why? “My father is a first-generation German, and that is why my last name is German, but I must admit that my German is very basic. As to my Spanish, my mother was born in Bogotá,…

The Story of Elmer Palma

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The Story of Elmer Palma

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is a very active member of our community. His name is Elmer Palma. Tell me how you started your life in the United States? “I think I should say the usual phrase that it was not easy. It seems incredible how 28 years have passed since I arrived in Stamford, Connecticut, from…

The Story of DAYANA DELIMA

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The Story of DAYANA DELIMA

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee is from Recife, the capital of Pernambuco State in Brazil. Her name is Dayane DeLima. She came to the United States in 2001. Tell me the beginning of your story in the United States. “The beginning was a bit complicated, but with a happy ending. My sister had a very successful business in…

The Story of Britta Pedersen

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The Story of Britta Pedersen

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Britta Pedersen, from Dusseldorf, Germany. What motivated you to come to the United States? “I was motivated by the desire to learn English. In Germany, I was working as a dental hygienist but wanted to improve myself, and learning another language was a good tool to achieve this goal. I came…

The Story of Rodrigo Satizabal

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The Story of Rodrigo Satizabal

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is a young man from Cali, Department of Valle del Cauca, Republic of Colombia. His name is Rodrigo Satizabal. Tell me why you decided to move to the U.S.? “To be totally honest, the decision was not mine. My mother thought that we would have a better life here in the United…

The Story of Néstor Temoche

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The Story of Néstor Temoche

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem | Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Néstor Temoche, who came to the United States thirty years ago in search of the “American Dream.” Tell me; where you are from? “I am Peruvian, specifically from the Constitutional Province of Callao, which borders Lima on the north. It is also where the Port of Callao is located, one of…

The Story of Thomas Guardado

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The Story of Thomas Guardado

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez

Our interviewee today is a young entrepreneur in marketing. His name is Thomas Guardado.   Tell me a little about the origin of your last name? “Well, from what I’ve heard, it’s of Spanish origin but my father is from El Salvador, specifically from Chiltuapan. I honestly like it, because it is rare and people can quickly distinguish…

The Story of Jim Fitzpatrick

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The Story of Jim Fitzpatrick

By Daniel Trock

Our interviewee for this issue is Jim Fitzpatrick, originally from Tipperary, Ireland. What was it like where you grew up? It was very green and picturesque, with a lot of rain. We didn’t get great summers. But it was a very nice, friendly country to grow up in. Kids played outdoors safely and could disappear…

The Story of Dennis Diaz

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The Story of Dennis Diaz

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Dennis Diaz, originally from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, who came to the United States when he was nine years old. How was that change for you? “The truth is that it was difficult, because my family was separated for a while. My father came first to work at a tobacco company….

The Story of Laura Battisti

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The Story of Laura Battisti

By Daniel Trock

Our interviewee for this issue is Laura Battisti, originally from Milan, Italy, currently a high-school teacher at Newtown High School. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Milan, in the northern part of Italy, though from the age of six to twelve, I lived in Geneva, Switzerland. My father was working there for…

The Story of Jessica Ruiz

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The Story of Jessica Ruiz

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Our interviewee today is a 23-year-old girl, and her name is Jessica Ruiz. What’s your story? “My story is very long, with many ups and downs despite my young age, but I’ve discovered over the years that all the things that happen to us in life are to move us in the right direction.” What…