The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti has refocused attention on the world’s trauma victims. They are far too many to count, and the aftershocks to them, their families, and the world around them are immeasurable, yet numbingly real and lasting.
A strong Brazilian currency, cheap communication and a notoriously loose Italian citizenship law allow . . . [many]to immigrate without much sacrifice.
“I heard many years ago they have said that I should be executed 7 times. I said what a stupid thing to say, because the first time I will be dead, why they need to do it the other 6 times?”
After having received deferred action, 17-year-old Maria Sanchez can now live and work in the U.S. But the rest of her family are still waiting for their own relief, and the threat of deportation looms over them. Despite the risks, Maria and her parents believe that by telling their family’s story, they can make a difference.
“I feel really happy when I see a Colombian,” he said. “If they just came, I ask them, ‘Do you need some help? Do you need to get around?’ For me it was difficult to fit in. That’s why I help out people, because I know it’s hard. Maybe for them it’s hard, too.”
Before finalizing the decision to move, refugees are strongly advised to inform their refugee resettlement agency, more specifically their case manager, as soon as possible. They will be helped with the logistics of moving as well as contacting agencies in the new state for future reference.