Jika González is a freelance journalist, photographer and multimedia producer from Mexico City. She is currently pursuing her master's degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Jika has gained experience at Magnum Photos, BizBash Media, Conde Nast Traveler, and CNN's Mexico City bureau. For more information please visit www.jikagonzalez.com. Follow Jika on Twitter @JikaGlez.
Following the storm's impact on the lives of three undocumented immigrants
Jika González reports on the efforts of undocumented immigrants to get back on their feet after Hurricane Sandy.
Tales from Hurricane Sandy's destruction.
Deferred Action for Immigrant Youths Under Obama
A while back I had the privilege of meeting Patricio, an immigrant worker from Ecuador. He worked at a pizzeria in Sunset Park, a largely Hispanic neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Patricio was kind enough to share his story with me. He told me about his journey from Ecuador and how he crossed the Mexico-US border, about being deported more than once before reaching his destination, and about the thought of never going back home.
I have always found myself between two worlds, not always belonging in either, but always fortunate to have both.
I grew up in Mexico City with an American mother and a Mexican father. Amongst my friends at home, I was always the gringa which, depending on the day, seemed mildly offensive.