Human+Kind: Juan's story

Human+Kind: Juan's story

I have been in Tijuana for 10 months since I was deported. I volunteer at the shelter. I guard the front door. I have seen people that have been deported from the United States, as well as people who have migrated from the south on their way north.

I have family in the United States, a young son. I’ve received a lifetime ban from re-entering. So, I’m here for the time being and, while I’m here, I’m taking classes [at the shelter] to complete my high school education. I’m also studying computers. I put together my first PowerPoint presentation on sea turtles who are at risk of extinction.

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Human+Kind: Armando's Story

Human+Kind: Armando's Story

My mother brought me to the United States from Mexico in 1973. She told me I had to go to school to become a better person. There was a military base near my high school. I told my mother I wanted to become a soldier so I did.

I feel very proud that I served in the United States Army. I spent 6 months guarding Pershing missiles, stationed in an observation post 7,500 feet above sea level in Germany near the Alps. I was a squad leader. We would remain on duty for 72 hours without rest, we would get relieved for 24 hours, and then return to the observation post for another 72 hours. We all survived and accomplished every mission. I was a warrior.

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Austria: Keeping Families Together

Austria: Keeping Families Together

In 2015, more than a million people arrived in Europe after fleeing war and poverty. Austria is a transit country for some and a final destination for others. At one point, more than 10,000 migrants and refugees were entering Austria every day. The Austrian Red Cross provided them with food and shelter, but also with an opportunity to keep in touch with their families – a "Red Cross speciality."

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Human+Kind: Pedro's Story

Human+Kind: Pedro's Story

 I would like the United States to forgive me for the mistakes I have made. I have four children in the United States who I haven’t seen in five years. I voluntarily left the United States to visit my mother and my first wife, both who were sick and dying in Mexico. When I tried to return, [the authorities] told me I could not. After [my loved ones] died, I found my way to Tijuana.

I’ve never considered myself a perfect person. I made mistakes just like everyone else. I never asked for public assistance. I have worked all my life. But, I ended up getting arrested [while in the United States], and that stripped me of all my rights to stay.

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Human+Kind: Yolanda's Story

Human+Kind: Yolanda's Story

"I was deported in 2010 on New Year’s Eve. My then-fiance and I had dropped off his aunt in Tecate, Mexico and were driving back across the border when we got detained. He was an American citizen but had forgotten his wallet at home. We were sent to a secondary inspection station and that is when I was told that my tourist visa had expired and that I would not be allowed to return home.

"I had lived in the United States for 17 years. I had worked as a manager in the fast food industry. I had a good job, a good income. We were living a good life. I am not sure if I hugged or kissed my daughter goodbye that day. I haven’t seen her now for more than 5 years.

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