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Maria Pilar Bratko

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I was born in Cali, Colombia, in 1965. We arrived in NYC in summer 1969. My mom left me with neighbors that winter because she needed to return to Cali to collect my two older sisters. I spent that Christmas …

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Eric Cortes

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I was born and raised by Colombian parents in Plainfield, NJ, not really understanding what it meant to be a Latino. I moved to Philadelphia, PA, to attend Temple University where I was exposed to Latino culture, made my first …

Francisco Roldan

Francisco Roldan

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I am originally from Medellin, Colombia. I came here with my family when I was 9 years-old, one of 5 children. I grew up in Queens, NY, and went to public school. When I came here, and in the neighborhood …

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Henry Ordosgoitia

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My name is Henry and I was born in the Bronx. My parents were from Colombia and Brooklyn via Puerto Rico. I grew up in the Bronx went to elementary and high school there and then graduated from St. John’s …

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Juanita Ayala Vargas

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My father, mother, two brothers and I came to the NYC December 1, 1970, from warm Cali, Colombia to a snow storm in NYC. At the age of five I was the only English-speaking member of my family. I am …

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Bernard A Lopez

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My father left El Salvador and made his way into Mexico in time to fight in the Mexican Revolution; he fought in the armies of Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. He entered the U.S. in 1919 at the age of …