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A New Life: Salvadoran Women in D.C.

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Sonia Umanzor (right) shows posters of immigrant rights and political campaigns that line her hallway at home.
Kate Sheehy
Sonia Umanzor (right) shows posters of immigrant rights and political campaigns that line her hallway at home.

The D.C. region has the second-largest Salvadoran population in the United States. For the past 30 years, primarily men have been coming over, and sending money to family members back home. That money has helped pay for the education of a number of young women. But these women often have difficulty finding a job in their home country, so many head north, with plans of sticking around long enough to save up and go home. But Kate Sheehy introduces us to women who have come here and stayed, in hopes of improving their lives.

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