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Georgia teen struggles to support her family

Miriam Hernandez is 16 years old, and a native-born Georgian. She has a learner’s permit and would like to take the driving class that would allow her to get a license — that elusive prize so many of her foreign-born friends will never have.

The class costs $230, but the money from her two jobs is spoken for. Since her stepfather, an illegal immigrant named Abigail Carrillos, returned to El Salvador to avoid a forced deportation, she has stepped up as the family’s main breadwinner.

In October, unpaid bills nearly prompted the utility to shut off power to the family home, a single-wide trailer with a leaking roof, gashes in the rain-softened drywall, and a framed photo of Abigail staring down at his family from the vantage of some happier past.

Read the full story by Richard Fausset, “A hard life for one Latina teenager.”

2 Comments

  1. November 18, 2011, 6:17 am

    A story that should be heard. It would be great if Mr. Bartletti could create some vehicle for those in Georgia who would like to help the Carrillos/Hernandez family.

    By: Jay
  2. November 21, 2011, 6:13 am

    Bless her.. I think empowering young women is super important, I hope the powers that be in L.A. see this and help her..

    By: yogadivina

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