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Los inmigrantes de Baltimore

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3134 Eastern Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21224

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Baltimore city has a burgeoning Latinx immigrant population, with city census data reporting Latinos to constitute 4.8% of the city population in 2015 (up from 4.2% in 2010). As of 2012, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declared Baltimore a “sanctuary city”. Executive orders signed into effect on January 25, 2017 by President Donald J. Trump, however, delineate the stripping of federal funds from sanctuary cities and the building of a physical wall on the US-Mexico border, which effectively leave the narrative of this community subject to drastic change. Many Latinx immigrants in Baltimore are from Central America, and the federal government's move in January 2018 to remove Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 Salvadorians leaves the local community vulnerable to deportation.

Keeping this political context in mind, this is a photography show featuring the stories of Latinxs in East Baltimore. Some are participants of Testimonios, a weekly, free mental health support group for uninsured, Spanish-speaking Latinx men and women (>18 years of age) to discuss their experiences as immigrants and dispel misconceptions about mental health. This support group is run by Johns Hopkins Centro SOL (Center for Salud/Health Opportunities for Latinos). Other featured in the show are Latinxs working professionally in the fields of health equity, advocacy and education for Latinxs in East Baltimore.

The photography is part of a larger research project conducted by Centro SOL to assess participant experiences for improvement of services within the Testimonios program, and to identify major themes of discussion within the sessions linked to the migratory experience and barriers to healthcare utilization within the East Baltimore Latinx community.

The Testimonios project could not have been possible without the mentorship and positive encouragement of Eduardo González, Professor & Director of Spanish and Latin American Subdivision of the Department of German & Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University; Kathleen Page, MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Co-Director of Centro SOL, and Mónica Guerrero Vasquez, former Program Coordinator for Centro SOL.

This photography show is funded by the 2016 Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award (DURA) at Johns Hopkins University.

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