Listen: “Unsettled” tells the stories of Charlottesville immigrants

Immigration debates have reached a fever pitch in America in recent years. Meanwhile, on the ground, immigrants are trying to lead better lives than what they had before.

Here in Charlottesville, immigrants are very much a part of the cultural and economic life of our community. Yet the stories of many immigrants – particularly undocumented immigrants – often remain hidden from the rest of our community, even in a town like ours that tends to celebrate its diversity.

WTJU is sharing these immigrant stories with a new project: Unsettled.

We spoke with dozens of immigrants in our community about why they left their first home. Why they stay here. What their hopes are for the future.

Listen to their stories.

Unsettled is a project of WTJU 91.1 FM and Sin Barreras. Stories will air on WTJU in September and October 2018, coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month.

Free public event: “The Power of Stories” on Thursday, Oct. 18

On Thursday, Oct. 18, WTJU is hosting a public conversation about the “Unsettled” project in conjunction with a free talk by acclaimed ProPublica radio reporter Adriana Gallardo. She will discuss the importance of community storytelling to contribute to public understanding and empathy.

Gallardo recently won major journalism prizes for her role in the 2017 “Lost Mothers” series, which investigated the U.S. maternal death rate, which is the highest in the developed world.

The talk will start at 7 p.m. at Minor Hall, room 125 at the University of Virginia. The event is free and open to the public.

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