Latino Immigrants: Stories of Resilience and Dreams

Explore the compelling stories of immigrant Latinx women and their children in New York City, shedding light on their challenges and triumphs through powerful two to three-minute videos in this collaborative project by Equity for Children, The StoryCenter, and Voces Latinas.

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 first video features M. is a devoted mother, embodying resilience in her journey from Ecuador to Queens, NY, in search of a better life for her family. Her unwavering commitment to her children and her determination to provide them with a brighter future are truly inspiring. 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 in order to improve social cohesion. This research has provided a nuanced view of the women and their stories behind these numbers.

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