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Juan Carlos Chavez - Immigrant Communities Reporter

Immigrant Communities Reporter

I am from the city of Lima (Peru). When I was a teenager I thought of dedicating myself professionally to football but the passion for reading and writing took me in other ways. This is how I came to journalism, a profession that has allowed me to get to know other cultures, countries and people of all kinds. I live in the United States because I always believed that this was the best place to dedicate myself to the press and tell stories with a human sense. I was not wrong. I went through Miami and finally arrived in Tampa, a city that has its own history and a rich Hispanic tradition. The perfect combination for a journalist like me.

  1. Herminio Ithier, whose catering clients include Major League Baseball players from Puerto Rico, saw business fall off by half but still is working with other chefs and food trucks to feed first responders, front-line health workers and people in need. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ  |  Times]
  2. Heather Rivera (center) and Valencia Anderson, military veterans with Mission Continues assists over a dozen volunteers distribute food at the River Of Life Christian Church food pantry on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Riverview.  [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  3. Wearing blue "The Mission Continues" shirts, military veterans Heather Rivera, center, and Valencia Anderson, behind her, deliver food Thursday to some of the 360 vehicles lined up at River Of Life Christian Church in Riverview. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
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  5. Antes de la pandemia, Patricia Chirinos, de 53 años, trabajaba a tiempo completo limpiando y pintando casas. Chirinos dejó Honduras en 2004. No recibió un cheque de estímulo porque, como inmigrante indocumentada, presenta impuestos con un número de identificación de contribuyente [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ  |  Times]
  6. There was plenty of room along the narrow strip of sand at Pass-a-Grille Beach on Memorial Day. The dark skies help explain why. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  7. Before the pandemic Patricia Chirinos, 53, was working full time cleaning and painting homes. Chirinos left Honduras in 2004. She has not received a stimulus check because, as an undocumented immigrant, she files taxes with a taxpayer identification number. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ  |  Times]
  8. Un grupo de inmigrantes que fueron defraudados en sus intentos de obtener la residencia en los Estados Unidos están trabajando para ayudar a otros necesitados entregando comida y ropa en el área de Ruskin. [Courtesy]
  9. A group of immigrants who were defrauded in their attempts to gain U.S. residency are working to help others in need by delivering food and clothing in the Ruskin area. [Courtesy of Ignacio López]
  10. May 21• CENTRO
    Leonardo Begazo, de 47 años, sostiene su estatua de Jesús, mientras es fotografiado con su esposa Carolina, de 47 años, y dos de sus hijos Diana, de 12 años, y Leo Jr, de 21, junto con sus mascotas en sala de estar de la casa de la familia, el miércoles 13 de mayo, en Ruskin. "Estuvo conmigo durante todo el proceso", dijo Leo sobre Jesús. "Estaba conectado con él. Mi familia rezó mucho por mí ". Leonardo, quien todavía está recibiendo oxígeno, ingresó en el Hospital South Bay a través del Departamento de Emergencia el 5 de abril. Fue dado de alta el 23 de abril. Su esposa, hijo e hija también dieron positivo en Covid-19. Todos son sobrevivientes. Leonardo y Carolina pasaron días en el Hospital South Bay. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. Leonardo Begazo, 47, at left, credits God and science with his recovery from coronavirus after he was given just a 40 percent chance of recovery. The disease swept through his family in April, starting with son Leo Jr., 21. Leonardo's wife Carolina, also 47, ended up in the same intensive care unit as him. Even 12-year-old daughter Diana María tested positive and experienced symptoms. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  12. Carlos Hernando y Sandra Alencastre dijeron que habían llamado al dueño de su casa para llegar a un alivio o un acuerdo temporal para el pago de la renta de su casa en Brandon. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ  |  Times]
  13. Carlos Hernando and Sandra Alencastre have reached an agreement with the owner of their Brandon rental home to defer their monthly payment in return for a $75 late fee. Like most Latinos, according to a new national survey, they worry about how they'll pay it. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ  |  Times]
  14. El embajador cubano José Ramón Cabañas habló sobre la situación interna cubana y la pandemia durante una conferencia virtual organizada el martes (28 de abril) por Café con Tampa, un grupo de líderes de la comunidad local. La iniciativa está liderada por Bill Carlson. [Courtesy]
  15. Patti Sánchez and Mireya Beltrán came up with the idea of making clear plastic face masks when they got together in early April. Now, the two friends are getting orders from across the country. [Courtesy of Patti Sanchez]
  16. Tony Selvaggio, centro, fundador y presidente de eSmart Recycling en Tampa, se prometió a sí mismo que regresaría a Lima en junio con un nuevo lote de computadoras. El coronavirus cambió sus planes. [Courtesy of Tony Selvaggio]
  17. José Ramón Cabañas addressed a virtual Tampa audience Tuesday afternoon from Washington, D.C., during the Café con Tampa speaking series. [CHRIS URSO  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  18. Tony Selvaggio, center, founder and president of eSmart Recycling in Tampa, made a promise to himself that he would return to Lima in June with a new batch of computers. The coronavirus changed his plans. [Courtesy of Tony Selvaggio]
  19. Beatriz Rodríguez podía enviar $ 200 todos los viernes a sus padres, que viven en la ciudad de Mataquescuintla, en el suroeste de Guatemala, hasta que el coronavirus la dejó sin empleo. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ  |  Times]
  20. Beatriz Rodríguez was able to send $ 200 every Friday to her parents, who live in the town of Mataquescuintla in southwestern Guatemala. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ  |  Times]
  21. Univision lanzó recientemente 'Juntos', un nuevo segmento en su programa semanal de noticias. [Courtesy of Univision]
  22. Sarykarmen Rivera works with a laptop and a sound console that she had to adapt in a corner of her house, in Riverview.  [Courtesy of Sarykarmen Rivera]
  23. En un departamento de Tampa, tres generaciones hacen mascarillas de tela contra el coronavirus: Carmen Dávila, abajo, su hija Jenniffer Infante, arriba, y la hija de Infante, Madison. [Courtesy of Paredes family]
  24. At a Tampa apartment, three generations turn out cloth masks for coronavirus protection —  Carmen Davila, bottom, her daughter Jenniffer Infante, top, and Infante's daughter Madison Infante. [Courtesy of Paredes family]