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Family Separation Can Ruin the Mother-Child Bond

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When I was around 6, my mom left our home in Barranquilla, Colombia, to pursue better opportunities in the United States. She left me and my older brother with my dad’s parents. I felt loved and well taken care of there. (I didn’t live with my dad because he was an alcoholic.) Although I received […]

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From the Bronx to Brandeis

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My grandparents, my mother, and my four uncles moved to the United States in 1995. They left behind their home in the Dominican Republic with the dream that an American education could take you anywhere. My grandfather could only attend elementary school in the DR, and he wanted more for his children and their children. […]

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My Mom Works in a Hospital, and We Are Scared

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My mother works as a laboratory technician at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. She runs tests on blood samples to help doctors diagnose diseases such as cancer, HIV, and diabetes. Her 10-hour days are demanding; she must remain focused so as not to make any mistakes, and then she communicates with doctors and nurses […]

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Drugs Come First for My Mom

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My mother’s primary relationship has been with drugs my whole life. If she wasn’t selling it, she was doing it. I spent the first four years of my life living in a trap house in Brooklyn, where my mother sold drugs and guns. She and my dad were both in the Bloods, but he abused […]

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