Christine Bolaños

Christine Bolaños

Independent journalist

Christine Bolaños covers human interest, social & criminal justice, education & business issues for international, national & local outlets. IWMF Fellow-El Salvador. NAHJ Austin VP-Print. Bilingual.

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NPR Latino USA

Women's Rights Advocates in El Salvador Outraged Over 'Legitimized' Rape-Marriage

Marriage between minors and their abusers could be legitimized in El Salvador after judges ruled in favor of a legal union between a 12-year-old and her 34-year-old rapist in July.

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Korimi Kids

These Hand-Embroidered Kids Products Inspired by Mexican Folk Stories are Empowering Chiapas Artisans

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Orphan Outreach

Gardens Give Guatemalan Families a Fresh Start

The raised gardens---one of which was planted on the roof of the Community Care Center---are being tested out at some of the homes of families at the garbage dump, given the endearing name of "the ravine" because of its geographic similarity to a ravine.

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NPR Latino USA

Immigrant Rights Activists Arrested After Sit-in at Texas State Capitol

Fifteen immigration rights activists, including four Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, were arrested Wednesday morning after blocking traffic at the intersection of Congress Avenue and 15th Street, just outside the Texas State Capitol.

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville ISD sets max tax rate for FY 2018

Pflugerville ISD sets max tax rate for FY 2018

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Austin Statesman

Pflugerville Latina participates in Quinceañera at the Capitol

A daughter of Mexican immigrants, Magdalena “Maggie” Juarez’s connection to her Latino roots is as strong as her pride in her American upbringing.

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Quinceañeras Will Waltz To Texas Capitol To Protest SB 4’s Anti-Immigration Law

DACA recipient Viridiana ‘Viri’ Sanchez, a summer youth organizer for Jolt, an Austin-based nonprofit mobilizing Latinos socially and politically, is taking her activism to the next level by shaping the vision for Quinceañera at the Capitol on Wednesday.

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Latina Style Magazine

The Amazing Ellen Ochoa

Veteran NASA astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa, has flown in space four times, including STS-66, STS-96 and STS-110, logging nearly 1,000 hours in orbit. The first Latina astronaut to go to space in 1993, Dr. Ochoa is also the first Hispanic director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.

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Latina Style Magazine

Latinas push the envelope in health industry

The Department of Education reports that Latinas routinely have the highest uninsured rates of any group in the U.S. They are more likely to lack dental care, be overweight or obese, suffer from food insecurity and risk diabetes. Here are three Latinas who are helping solve these health issues for society in different ways.

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One Texas City Dedicates An Entire Day To Selena’s Cover Band – we are mitú

Bidi Bidi Banda, a Selena tribute band leaving a huge mark in the southwest, was honored with its own day during a recent Austin City Council meeting.

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Austin Statesman

Mexico delegation visits Pflugerville Police Department

In a first-of-its-kind event, seven Mexican delegates learned about municipal police, cadet training and operations during a visit at Pflugerville Police Department headquarters Friday morning.

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Austin Statesman

Westwood High senior: Our duty to help those in need

When Westwood High School rising senior Prathyush Shankar prepared for his family vacation to India in 2015, he expected nothing out of the ordinary.

Instead, the then-15-year-old was met by several friends and relatives in Chennai who were displaced after severe flooding hit the area. Heavy rainfall continued through December, claiming more than 500 lives and leaving 1.8 million people homeless.

“Everyone was scrambling. We could see some waterlines on some of the roads,” Shankar said. “It was eye-opening. The state of their lives was so different than before.”

Witnessing the devastation — people needing supplies, shelter and general support — Shankar decided he couldn’t just sit back. He founded Shot in the Arm, a nonprofit with the goal of mobilizing relief efforts locally and internationally.

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Megan Martinez Went From Homelessness to Thriving Cosmetics Entrepreneur

Megan Martinez was raised in the south Texas coastal city of Corpus Christi by a free-spirited mother who often dated abusive men. She endured physical and sexual abuse, grew up poor, and as a teenager, rebelled by getting tattoos and sporting a punk hairstyle. After both her mother and grandmother kicked Martinez out of their homes, she tried to make rent for on her apartment working minimum wage gigs. Eventually, she wound up homeless and dropped out of high school. But after struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, she found an outlet in make up artistry – which helped her get her life on a positive track.

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Orphan Outreach

When Passion Becomes a Calling (#ServeOrphansWell)

Christi and Dan Ucherek never imagined they would willingly leave their families, jobs, and friends in Illinois in favor of re-settling in Guatemala, where they juggle raising four children with full-time mission work for Orphan Outreach. Despite all the unique challenges that come with the lifestyle, the Uchereks wouldn’t have it any other way. However, they caution anyone considering missionary work to prayerfully weigh the pros and cons before making the life-altering decision

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This Latina Activist Travels from Corpus Christi to Austin Every Week to Learn How to Organize Her Community

Raised by a former county commissioner and a retired district judge, Analicia Bañales is no stranger to politics. But when President Donald Trump was elected to office last November, it struck a chord. She realized even the best progressive candidates would find it nearly impossible to get elected and effect change without support from voters. With internships, study abroad experiences, campaigning, and rallies under her belt, Analicia was ready to take the next step. She enrolled in the Jolt Organizing Institute – held by Jolt, a progressive nonprofit focused on mobilizing Latinos – to learn how to become an effective community organizer.