I'm a Colombian documentary photographer whose work is dedicated to my community. The stories that I attempt to represent are my desire to document, since they deal with themes related to human rights, Identity and social issues; this in order...
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"No Right, No Choice" born as a position of denunciation against the attacks that Trump’s government is committing with its new repressive policies towards the human rights of the Latin American community.
This photographic essay aims to evidence the idea of "home" what it means to us immigrants, since for many immigrants this is the second time they have to flee their homes of such repression.
I didn’t choose to immerse myself into the life of my community in Richmond, VA, I was called for, as they’re being forced to hide from law enforcement, their only crime, request asylum and survive. Therefore, for me, documenting and supporting them especially when emergencies occur where some families must pack and flee to a church that receives them in sanctuary it’s one of the hardest things that they live every day.
We are living a period of time in the U.S. where justice is not there anymore, for me as an immigrant who fled the violence of my home country it's a matter of survival to tell these untold stories about the immigration problematic but focusing more on what's happening inside the country and not just in the borders, also I strongly believe in the importance of storytelling and how we as immigrants can start reclaiming our own narratives to show the world the reality of our own struggle with dignity. For me is important that this doesn't became a porno-misery essay like the many we saw every day in the media.
Maria in her home looks out to the window at the sight of an ICE agent, since her day of deportation is current and could arrive at her door any time.
María Chavalan Sut, indigenous woman from Guatemala in her home looking out to the window at the sight of an ICE agent, since her day of deportation is current and ICE could arrive at her door any time.
She fled to the United States after individuals threatened to kill her in an effort to usurp her land. The seriousness of the threat is not in question: they set fire to her home in Guatemala City while Maria and her family were inside. They lost all their possessions.
Maria had to flee Guatemala for her life and was able to come to Virginia. She has been working multiple jobs in order to send money back home to support her children and to rebuild the home her family lost in the fire. Employers in Guatemala would not hire her because she is an indigenous person. Even still, she taught mathematics to underprivileged children and also worked at a self-publishing company producing materials in her native Keqchikel language to help keep it from dying out.
María Chavalan Sut, indigenous woman from Guatemala carrying the "Grillete" as the Hispanic community call it, is one of the worst weights immigrants are force to had when arriving in the United States seeking refuge because this takes away their freedom immediately and at the same time generating a trauma that marks them for life.
They had to leave almost everything, Maria just leave in a rush putting a few personal belongings and clothing in bags. When she came down Maria was looking and smiling at her partner, like she was in automatic. It was a surreal moment for all of us there.
We arrived at the church late at night. Before we arrived Maria told me that she had a dream the night before and in this dream she arrives at a yellow house and then everything will be just fine. The building was painted by the night lights giving it a yellow color to the whole structure.
The community of Charlottesville, VA acted as fast as they could and also in a couple of hours they managed to have a group organized to receive Maria in the best conditions possible and give her a warm welcome to make her feel at home.
Maria about to speak during her press conference where they publicly express that Maria has been accepted into sanctuary by the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church at Charlottesville. At her back Pastors of different religions beliefs and at her side her new lawyer Alina Kilpatrick and activists from the community.