MEDIA RELEASE: NC Justice Center releases new audio story as part of “Home to Me” series

The multimedia series highlights lives of immigrants whose lives are directly impacted by immigration reform and state policy debates

RALEIGH (February 28, 2014) — The NC Justice Center released a new audio story on Friday as part of the “Home to Me: Immigrant Stories from NC” series, which highlights the lives of North Carolina immigrants and their families. The multimedia series aims to put a face on North Carolina’s immigrant communities by sharing the stories of individuals and families across the state from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Through video, audio, and other multimedia components, North Carolinians will hear from immigrants in their own words. The series offers an opportunity to explore the challenges some immigrants face in our state, the importance of immigration reform, and how North Carolina has become home to thousands of people from all over the world.

This month’s audio piece features the Ornela family (some names have been changed), who sat down in Pullen Park to talk about their experiences. Self-described as the "Three Musketeers," mother Muriel and daughters Dani and Nora have seen each other through thick and thin, relying on each other through a relocation from New Jersey to North Carolina—Dani and Nora's father stayed in New Jersey for work—and even the occasional car trouble. Nora is currently a community college student and artist, and Dani is a recent applicant to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Although their lives in North Carolina feel relatively safe and offer some educational opportunities, as an undocumented resident, Muriel often has to rely on her daughters for mundane tasks. Nora was born in the United States and is a citizen.

"It's just not the right picture, cause she's supposed to rely on me," said Muriel. "And I'm supposed to be her column in a lot of occasions. She's my column." Still, she wants what every mother wants: for her to children to get a degree, and have a career that they will like—something that will carry them through life, and enable them to be happy.

Viewers are encouraged to share “Home to Me” stories on social media (using hashtags #HomeToMe and #IAMaMigrant) to demonstrate how immigrants are part of the fabric of our state and to highlight the need for policies that respect the humanity of all of our neighbors. "Home to Me" offers North Carolinians a chance to engage in dialogue about the future of our state and our economy, address questions of global justice and local ties, overcome the “Us versus Them” divisiveness of past immigration debates, and advance public policies that move us forward together.

Listen to the Ornela's family story at this link: https://soundcloud.com/ncjustice/home-to-me-the-ornela-family

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Dani Moore, dani@ncjustice.org, 919.856.2178919.856.2178 (office), 919.533.9203919.533.9203 (cell); Jeff Shaw, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615503.551.3615 (cell).