Video 2: “R” from El Salvador
In 2022, Equity for Children, The StoryCenter, and Voces Latinas partnered to produce a video
project that delves into the challenges faced by immigrant Latinx women and their children in
New York City. This Latinx community experiences disadvantages that are usually
depersonalized and invisible, from unequal access to education and mental health services to
gender-based violence and discrimination.
Building a multidisciplinary team and using video storytelling techniques, the three organizations
worked with a group of Latinx women to create videos of two- or three-minute length that feature
personal stories that also identify barriers to their education, growth, and empowerment. The
videos provided a platform for these courageous women to air their voices, foster creativity, and
generate intimate connections between participants and the facilitators.
The second video features “R”, originally from El Salvador, “R”
now leads as a “promotora” at Voces Latinas, specializing in a program focused on
clients living with HIV. Her story exemplifies resilience, and her role in supporting those
in need is a testament to her commitment to personal empowerment and community
service. See video here.
The stories behind the statistics are rarely, if ever, told. There are only a few places to hear
about these experiences from the people living in such conditions, and even fewer chances that
their stories will reach decision-makers and public leaders to improve social cohesion. This
research has provided a nuanced view of the women and their stories behind these numbers.