Christine Bolaños covers human interest, social & criminal justice, education, business & culture news for international, nat'l & local outlets. IWMF Fellow-El Salvador. NAHJ Austin VP. Bilingual.
The #MeToo movement, a hashtag used on social media to demonstrate a widespread epidemic of sexual assault and harassment, is expected to bring change on how these situations are handled. It is also encouraging women to share their experiences in a show of solidarity. But for some, such as 23-year-old Salvadoran immigrant Laura Monterrosa, going public about her experiences could ultimately lead to her deportation.
When There Was No Social Impact Festival Reflective Of Latina Culture, These Chingonas Created Their Own
Growing up in a predominantly brown community in Houston and raised by a single chingona mother, Denise Hernandez never felt like she didn’t belong. That all changed when the first-generation college graduate experienced culture shock while attending Texas Tech University’s law school in the rural town of Lubbock.
McAllen, Texas — Every day in this border town, hundreds of migrants arrive by bus. Many have left the only home and family they have ever known, in search of opportunity in the United States. While these men, women and children arrive from across the globe, most have fled violence in their native Central American countries. Some lose fellow travelers along the way. Many of them are minors who are traveling alone.
Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia might be making history. Results from the Texas primary election has set the stage for the possibility of two of the state’s Democratic Latinas to head to Congress for the first time.
A new era in Texas politics could be on the horizon. As US Senator Ted Cruz seeks re-election, Beto O’Rourke – his relatively unknown Democratic opponent from El Paso – is leading an unprecedented grassroots campaign and drawing supporters from all walks of life, including some who have never voted outside of the Republican party.
For many Latinos in Texas, Cruz is synonymous with many of the ideals that President Donald Trump upholds. They believe the Cuban-American politician is anti-Latino...
Moving to the United States was supposed to make her feel safer. But when she made the choice to immigrate, she didn’t know the same horrors she sought to escape would await her inside immigrant detention centers.
Even before facing Hurricane Harvey last August, which is considered one of the costliest tropical cyclones on record, Karla had weathered many storms during her life. After enduring abuse at the hands of her father and other family members in Honduras, she escaped her home in search of a better life and to reunite with her mother in Houston.
Ernestine Brooks recalled her daily routine of attending the Pflugerville Colored School before going to pick cotton as a child. Her father regularly preached the importance of education to his children, but stressed that labor in the fields was honest work.
The longtime Pflugerville resident said while schools and buildings were segregated children didn’t see skin color.
Congress has once again failed DREAMers. After a five and a half hours government shutdown early Friday morning, the legislative body passed a budget deal that includes no protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
When former middle school librarian Trudy Marshall visited Uganda as an educator, she immediately noticed one thing: a lack of books.
Children were learning lessons written on chalkboards, she said. When she asked students what they needed, instead of asking for clothing, shoes or food, they asked for books.
Cynthia Graves said she resigned as a Pflugerville school board trustee in 2016 to focus on her dental practice. What she didn’t mention is how her dental services would eventually h...
She fell in love with Bungoma, Kenya, and the children of Madeleine School years ago. And now the legacy of Paula Hayes love will live on at the school which serves more than 250 children and their families.
Dolores Huerta, longtime civil rights leader and a champion for farm workers, immigrants and women, visited Southwestern University on Jan. 18 as part of “Remember, Honor, Act-MLK 50,” a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s li...