English Translation:
From the first moment that I arrived, it was a healthy environment, a safe environment for my kids, an environment where they can grow in an environment with less violence, and with less fear, compared to where they came from.

I am a software (program) analyst. I studied after I can here. I studied English for five years. I studied more computer programming and updated my self with the latest. I feel I can have a better job, but I can’t for the moment.

Yes, I am a dishwasher at a hotel, in the restaurant at a hotel. My job is the most strenuous of all those that work there. Because everybody leaves, and at the end of the day, I am the one that has to stay to finish cleaning everything, to organize everything. If there is an event, I am the one that organizes everything. From the plates that will be used to the last spoon, the lamps, the tables, everything – with the same wage as anybody else that works for that company. It really is the hardest job.

You know you aren’t safe in Arizona. An undocumented woman in Arizona is not safe. For example, now that my daughter and I live alone,  one day I had to sit her down and ask her. “Exactly what do you want to do if I am detained” You know well that if they do, they will take me to an immigration center, and by the time that I am sent to court, go through the bond and deal with the lawyer, you would be by yourself. So I want to ask you who would you like to live with during that time? I need to make a power of attorney/notarized letter in advance to make sure who you will be with. I need to have our papers and documents in order, including the car title, jewelry is you have it. Like I told my daughter, I will leave my jewelry for you in case you need money, so someone can pawn them for you if necessary. We have some savings for the first days if this were to happen, and then we would se from there. If I don’t come home one day, don’t be afraid, because you very well know that we will see each other again.

The story that has had the greatest impression on my is the women that called to report that she had been raped. And when she called the police to report it, they asked her for a form of identification. Because she didn’t have it, they arrested her and let the perpetrator free.

Another story I know of is of the story of the mother who left a widow with five children because her husband was in the university hospital and they discharged him because he did not have money to pay for his care. And they sent him [told him to go] to Hermosillo but didn’t provide his medical records. When he arrived to Mexico they had no idea what was happening to him, so he suffered respiratory failure, followed by cardiac arrest, and he fell into a coma and then died. He left five children and his wife.

« AZPM Feature
Alex »
Latest Posts

Arizona Public Media ran a story on “Dreams & Silhouettes” for its Jan. 23rd edition of AZ Illustrated. Story by Mary Olivas, produced by Luis Carrion with videography by Andrew Brown.

“La Estrella” covers “Dreams / Silhuetas” for the bilingual edition of the Arizona Daily Star. Story by Joseph Trevino.

Art critic and journalist Margaret Regan writes about the latest production of “Dreams and Silhouettes” for the TWeekly, featuring interviews with Uyehara and her ensemble.