Latina Republic-Understanding the US and Central American Experience, One Voice at a Time
Dr. Soledad Vidal Quartucci has a PhD from UC Irvine in United States History with an emphasis in Immigration and Feminist studies. She has a passion for bringing immigrant narratives to the forefront of the American experience. Immigrants’ concerns and contributions don’t normally make it to mainstream American news. Her writings are a contribution to broadening what makes news in America; she is especially interested in raising awareness of urgent human rights concerns surrounding the immigrant American experience and its interconnectedness to Central and Latin American politics and histories.
Her dissertation, “Politics, Community and Pleasure: The Making of Mexican American Cold War Narratives in the Pages of La Opinion” adds a chapter to the cultural history of the post war period--one that has primarily focused on the experiences of Anglo Americans--by bringing to light how the Mexican American newspaper La Opinion interpreted and helped to shape the period. An analysis of La Opinion reveals a community’s preoccupation with identity politics, cultural pride and assimilative practices. The dissertation is organized around the discourse of the American dream; specifically, how the desire for consumption, liberal citizenship and labor in post World War II America produced specific accounts of migration in the pages of La Opinion. Through its publishers, editors and columnists La Opinion performed and celebrated political difference and civic duty to claim a stake in Americanism during the Cold War period.
Anonymous complaints detailing abuses in federal prisons where immigrants are being held are on the rise. Dozens of cases of scabies and chicken pox have been reported in the federal prison of Victorville, California, where more than 600 undocumented people are jailed. Francisco Cuevas reports for Noticiero Telemundo: […]
President-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the 50 guidelines that will govern the public service administration and eliminate corruption when Obrador assumes his role as President of Mexico: “I plan on breaking the mold for how traditional politics have operated in Mexico.” 50 Puntos: The law […]
Anxiety and depression among teachers in Honduras are on the rise, reports El Heraldo. Psychologists and doctors in Honduras have reported a rise in complaints of anxiety, depression, and insomnia from teachers who fear going to work because they teach in areas considered high risk for gang activity. […]
This meeting followed a series of commitments assumed by the Presidents of the Republics of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras resulting from the official visit of the Vice President of the U.S., Mike Pence to Guatemala on June 28th to discuss regional interest in migration and security. […]
“Thousands of Hondurans emigrate every year in search of work and opportunities abroad and go through the worst difficulties. That’s why we are working to help them and to guarantee that they receive the best attention from our consulates. I propose that we build a single Honduras for […]
The Committee on The Well-being of Military Families convened this past April 2018 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. for its 2nd meeting; an information-gathering session on the challenges and opportunities facing military families and the best methods to support them. Several of the panelists […]
The Constitutional Court of Guatemala (CC) has declared Article 6 of the Law Against Femicide and Other Forms of Violence against Women, as partially unconstitutional. A new resolution would allow the reduction of penalties for those who commit these crimes, which include the murder of women. Deputies of […]
Nasario Jacinto Carrillo faces the fight of his life. On May 16th, the US Border Patrol snatched Filomena Jacinto Velasquez-his 5-year-old daughter from his arms- after they crossed the US-Mexico border. Jacinto had migrated to the U.S. on May 7 with the intention of offering better living conditions […]
Lourdes de Leon and her son, Leo Jean Carlo De Leon Lopez, 6, in happier times. They were both detained by US authorities and separated. Lourdes signed a deportation order to Guatemala after being told it would speed up reunification. Leo remains detained in New York. Lourdes is […]
Photo credit: Associated Press. A migrant father and child, who traveled with the annual caravan of Central American migrants, rest waiting for access to request asylum in the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico ***************************** While the Trump administration stated that their policy is to only separate families when that […]