Central American

‘I Am Mercedes’: An Immigrant’s Journey

‘I Am Mercedes’: An Immigrant’s Journey

Central American, Immigration, Metro Area, New York April 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Writing for La Voz, a teenager narrates how, fleeing violence in her native Honduras, she arrived in the U.S. and laid roots in her new country. Despite President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, she wants to be a senator.

Sara Beltrán, a Salvadoran woman suffering from a brain tumor, was released from immigration jail a month ago. She has since reunited with her family in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Refugee with Brain Tumor Endures Immigration Ordeal

Central American, Health, Immigration, Queens March 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm

El Diario/La Prensa examines the case of Sara Beltrán, a Salvadoran asylum seeker with a brain tumor in Queens who claims that she has obtained faulty legal counsel for her immigration process.

Tatiana Rojas at her Kingston High School main office. (Photo by Antonio Flores-Lobos via La Voz)

Tatiana Rojas: Bringing Two Worlds Together One Student at a Time

Central American, Education, New York March 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm

From her job at Kingston City School District schools, Tatiana Rojas has become an indispensable link between the recently-arrived unaccompanied minors from Central America in the Hudson Valley and the school district’s teachers, psychologists and social workers, La Voz reports.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Consulate Expands Legal Support for Salvadorans

Central American, Immigration, Metro Area February 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm

The Salvadoran consulate in New Jersey announced that it will offer more legal assistance to nationals in the area, Reporte Hispano reports.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, during the unveiling of the budget for fiscal year 2018 at City Hall. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

De Blasio Confronts ICE Over Detained Undocumented Man

Central American, Government, Immigration, New York February 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm

A 19-year-old Salvadoran detained by ICE becomes a rallying point for Mayor de Blasio and city officials as they stand up for the city’s sanctuary status, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Ana Lorena Siria de Lara, the Salvadoran consul general in New Jersey  (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Salvadorans Wary But Hopeful That Trump Will Not Touch TPS

Central American, Immigration, Metro Area December 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

The Salvadorian community in New Jersey is concerned but hopeful that the Trump administration will renew their temporary protected status (TPS), Reporte Hispano.

Holiday-related Warning on Zika

Holiday-related Warning on Zika

Caribbean, Central American, Health, New York, South American November 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm

City health officials are issuing new warnings about the Zika virus, concerned that holiday-related travel to affected areas might result in more infections.

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on Oct. 31 speaking about his report on city contracts with M/WBEs. (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

Stringer: M/WBE Share of City Spending Falls

New York City agencies again received a D+ grade for their efforts to contract with minority and women-owned businesses, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said Oct. 31, calling for much stronger action to reverse the problem.

Bishop on Boosting M/WBE City Contracting
Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop spoke with reporters about his agency’s work, and detailed what SBS will do to promote the new ambitious goals of the de Blasio administration for boosting contracting with women and minority-owned businesses.

Bishop on Boosting M/WBE City Contracting

Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop spoke with reporters about his agency’s work, and detailed what SBS will do to promote the new ambitious goals of the de Blasio administration for boosting contracting with women and minority-owned businesses.

Salvadoran Ana Enriquez, 23, with her daughters Emily and Valeria Romero. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Salvadorans In NY: Between Economic Progress and Immigration Struggles

El Diario/La Prensa reports on the Salvadoran communities on Long Island and in Yonkers as they celebrate their national day.

NYC Dept. of Health Warns About Zika

NYC Dept. of Health Warns About Zika

As Zika cases rise, the NYC Department of Health is launching a new campaign to urge pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant, and their partners, to defer travel to Zika-affected areas.

New voter registration forms in an additional five languages on display  at the city's July 14 briefing at the Homescrest Library in Brooklyn (Photo by Alex Ayala for voices of NY)

NYC Voter Registration Forms, Soon in 10+ Languages

New York City plans to expand the number of languages in which voter registration forms will be available by adding Russian, Urdu, Haitian Creole, French and Arabic to the existing English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bangla forms.

The new ambassador of El Salvador in the U.S., Claudia Ivette Canjura de Centeno (center), attended the inauguration of the renovated consulate in Elizabeth on Saturday. (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

New Jersey Salvadorans Renovate Consulate with Their Own Money

Central American, Immigration, Metro Area June 30, 2016 at 3:20 pm

In an unprecedented effort, Salvadoran and other Latino immigrants put money and effort to renovate and improve the Salvadoran consulate in Elizabeth, NJ, Reporte Hispano reports.

An example of what Pinatas by Martinez offers. (Photo from Facebook page via El Diario)

Meet Mr. Piñata Guy

Business, Central American, Culture, Mexican, Puerto Rican June 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Puerto Rican lawyer David Martínez has started a piñata business and has published a children’s book dedicated to Hispanic kids, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble and organizers from Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education pose on the Alexander Ave. stoop. (Photo by Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Garifuna Music from a Stoop in the South Bronx

African, Bronx, Caribbean, Central American, Culture May 3, 2016 at 5:10 pm

The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble mixed jazz with Garifuna music in their performance from a stoop in Mott Haven. The show is one of more than a dozen taking place on “rooftops, stoops and public nooks” as part of the “South Bronx Culture Trail Fusion Fest 2016,” reports Caribbean Life.