The hardship that Tony Hernandez's family endured in revolutionary Cuba led him to the United States. His immigrant experience informs his life's work. The Immigrant Archive Project chronicles quintessentially American immigration stories.
Edward James Olmos is an American actor, producer, director and the son of a Mexican immigrant. Today, Olmos is also a highly regarded activist in the U.S. Latino community. Olmos may be a celebrity, but that doesn't mean his story gets better placement on the Immigrant Archive Project website than, say, a migrant farm worker, Hernandez says.
At the age of 10, Ralph de la Vega found himself alone in Miami, without his parents, not a penny in his pocket, and unable to speak English. Today, he is president and CEO of AT&T Mobility.
Mario Gamboa emigrated from Peru with his family in 2003. Gamboa and his team of volunteer instructors have taught thousands of immigrants to read and write.
John Green was three months old when he emigrated from Bolivia with his single mother.
Today, John Green has earned a Master's Degree and works in the United States Congress.
Lydia Fener was on vacation in Miami when she fell in love with an American. A year later she moved from Madrid to join him. Today, Ms. Fener lives with her family in Miami, where she teaches at a local elementary school.
Lisset Landa crossed the Mexican border with her mother and infant sister at the age of five. Landa is now a naturalized citizen, and works as a corrections officer in the California state prison system.
Jorge Mursuli emigrated from Cuba with his family to Brooklyn, New York, in 1967. Mr. Mursuli is president & CEO of Democracia Ahora, a Hispanic civic organization.
Alex Nogales is the son of Mexican migrant farm workers. Today, Nogales is the president & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
IAP doesn't only record the stories of Hispanic immigrants. A concerted effort is made to chronicle the immigrant experience of various ethnicities. Shoba Shah was 13 when she arrived from India with her parents. Shah now resides in Orange County, California, where she works in the communications field.
Noe Cesar was in grade school when he arrived from Haiti with his mother and siblings. Noe Cesar is a celebrity fashion consultant and resides in Miami, Florida.
Susi Shiam was in the 7th grade, when her family moved from Korea to Southern California. Shiam is now a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles.
Tony Hernandez's Immigrant Archive Project gives a face and name to immigration by documenting the journey that brought them to the United States.