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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.”


  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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