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My name is Saadia Khan. I am a social entrepreneur and the founder and host of Immigrantly. Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that deconstructs the archaic stereotypes of what it means to be an immigrant, a child of immigrants, a person of color, and everything in between. Each episode brings a fresh perspective on the issues we address. Our conversations are complex, challenging, and oftentimes messy. But I wouldn’t trade the messiness for anything, because what we have created instead is a new, ongoing dialogue full of rich nuances.

Dec 14, 2021

Today, Tanvi Misra, an award-winning independent journalist focused on migration, urban policy, and criminal justice, returns to talk about the process and concentrate on her collaborative article “We Have to Survive,” which represents the advocacy found in immigrant communities.

 In this article, Tanvi interviewed four women, from community leaders to activists, to paint a portrait of how migrant communities in New York City push through unjust circumstances. 

To tell us what their progress has been like since the article was published, we have Goma Yonjan and Arlette Cepeda. Goma is a nail salon worker who migrated to New York more than fifteen years ago. Arlette is a visual artist and photographer born in the United States and grew up in the Dominican Republic. In her exhibit, “Essential Immigrant Stories,” she captured the sense of loss during the pandemic within her tight-knit Staten Island community. 

(Tanvi’s article came from a collaboration with three news publications: The Fuller Project, the City, and Documented)

Producer & Host: Saadia Khan
Associate Producer & Content Editor: Kylee Roberts
Content writer: Ashley Lanuza
Editor: Bronte Cook
Introduction Song: Goma Yonjan