Latinidad is complicated for me. It’s the transgenerational trauma passing through our bloodlines. It’s the constant reminders of the horrors our ancestors suffered and the atrocities some of our other ancestors likely committed.
Defending civil rights and civil liberties in Maryland
While some may see my family’s history as solely an immigrant story, I know my family’s story is as American as any other immigrant’s story in our country. My mother came to the United States back in 1984, during the Guatemalan civil war.
My family escaped a brutal “civil war” in Guatemala, one of several across Central America that unjustly targeted Indigenous peoples. Many people refer to this “civil war” as the Second Genocide, for the horrifyingly high number of Indigenous peoples killed.