Award-winning Salvadoran American journalist focused on women's rights & Latino issues from Texas. IWMF Fellow. Versed in editing, writing, research, transcription, content management & translation.
Darwin “Casey” Diaz was once one of California’s most violent criminals. Brought to the United States as a toddler by his Salvadoran parents, he was a gang member at 11. At the age of 16, he was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for second-degree murder and 57 counts of robbery. At New Folsom State Prison, his behavior earned him more than three years in solitary confinement.
That’s where he turned his life around.
One of the women who set the stage for the rise of these Latina leaders, however, is a tenacious labor leader and educator who is egregiously missing from history books.
Emma Tenayuca was in many ways a woman before her time.
Civil rights advocates are condemning a proposed Texas law they say opens the door to discrimination against the LGBT community and religious minorities.
The Texas state senate passed Senate Bill 17 earlier this week, which would protect the right of state-licensed workers such as doctors, teachers and counselors to refuse to provide their services based on “a sincerely held religious belief”, except in cases where medical services are necessary to “prevent death or imminent serious bodily."
Women and girls are breaking barriers in all sectors of society and in a variety of professional industries. Among these is documentary filmmaking, where women are sharing global stories of importance with the nuance and compelling angles that make their films stand out and encourages viewers to take action toward a better world.
Fresh off the heels of South by Southwest, the Austin community is preparing for the Girls Impact the World Film Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This year’s multi-day event, which celebrates Latinx culture, identity, and values, is scheduled for April 5th and 6th. Calling it “Chingona Fest” was an easy decision given the word’s historically negative connotation that has been turned around and worn as a badge of pride and honor by modern Latinas.
As a social worker, Caroline Caselli witnessed first-hand the challenges San Francisco’s homeless community faced when applying for affordable housing.
Whereas middle-and-upper class families could apply for a mortgage online, the economically challenged typically had to ride a bus to a specified location to get a paper copy of a housing application — and then return once ready to submit it.
They were then added to a wait list where they could wait two to 10 years for placement.
What if there was a one-stop way to care for mind, body and soul and make it accessible to everyone regardless of income?
An Austin couple is offering just that through its new Wellbody app. Their health and wellness startup is on a mission to inspire and support people to live healthier, happier and more meaningful lives by taking a holistic approach to five pillars for health and wellness: nutrition, exercise and movement, sleep, stress management and connection.
AUSTIN — Ruth, Wendy, Magda, Chileno and Magaly are five Salvadoran women who started their own theatre company and aspired for a better life in a male-dominated culture. Together, the former street vendors turned actresses created La Cachada Teatro, a theatre group that provides social commentary on how El Salvador treats its women while providing a creative outlet. The single mothers tell stories of their struggles and victories by performing them on stage.
San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gates are a welcoming symbol of opportunity for innovators, entrepreneurs and business-minded professionals across the world. Taking advantage of the abundance of opportunity in this California city, are Latinas with bright ideas and the grit to make them a reality.
Here at Latinitas every day is a celebration of girl power. We love admiring the strong women in our social circles. From our mamis and abuelitas to our besties, classmates and work colleagues — every woman has a story to tell and should be reminded of how incredible she is. Today, though, it’s all about girl power at a global scale.
Claudio Rojas Appeared in a Sundance Documentary About Immigration Activists. Now He’s Detained by ICE
Argentine immigrant Claudio Rojas had so much to look forward to this year. He was celebrating the birth of his first grandchild and the premiere of a groundbreaking documentary in which he stars.
On the eve of the East Coast premiere, he went in for a routine check-in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. After nearly 20 years of living in the United States, he was used to check-in protocol, but things quickly took a turn for the worst.
Immigrant legal services group RAICES said that a record number of young children are being held in Texas detention centers while their families seek asylum.
A fashion designer searching for the ideal model to showcase her work. A model looking for their big break. Enter Day Dreamer, a phone app that’s equal parts Instagram, Tinder and Pinterest. It’s a creative resource center available via Android and iOS where creatives can discover one another and collaborate on projects.
The word “chingona” originally had a negative, even profane connotation toward Latina women. But decades later, women are taking the word back and wearing it as a badge of honor. Denise Hernandez, Assistant District Attorney in the special victims’ unit of the family violence division in Travis County, refers to “Chingona” as a movement of Latinas taking ownership of their lives. ...