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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. Maria Perez rolls cigars at Nicahabana Cigars in Ybor City. Perez says listing Cuba as a terrorist state will hurt no one but the people of Cuba.
  2. El día de los disturbios en el Capitolio, un amigo desde Colombia le envió a su teléfono a Mario Jaime Rodríguez, quien vive en Tampa. "Me duele recordar lo que pasó hace muchos años y vivir lo mismo aquí es increíble", dijo Rodríguez l.
  3. Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas, speaking here in November, helped create the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Trump sought to eliminate.
  4. Leonardo Begazo recibe la primera de las dos vacunas contra el coronavirus en Moffitt Cancer Center, donde trabaja como enfermero y gerente de clínica. Begazo considera un milagro que se recuperara del coronavirus en abril.
  5. On the day of the Capitol riot, a friend in Colombia sent Mario Jaime Rodriguez of Tampa an image of the Statue of Liberty weeping. on his phone in Tampa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Rodriguez said a friend who lives in Colombia, his native country, sent him videos of Washington D.C. and the image of the statue on the day that supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol. "It hurts me to remember what happened many years ago and to live the same thing here is incredible," Rodriguez said in Spanish.
  6. Yosmaikel Parolis, 25, an owner of All Inclusive Events in Clearwater, said he was surprised and a little daunted when the federal government doubled the number of questions he must answer correctly when he takes the citizenship test.
  7. Leonardo Begazo receives the first of the two coronavirus vaccines at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he works as a nurse and clinic manager. Begazo considers it a miracle that he recovered from the coronavirus in April.
  8. Maikel Parolis dijo que la noticia sobre los cambios lo tomó por sorpresa. Llegó de Cuba hace siete años a través de un pedido familiar que le hizo su padre.
  9. Dec. 21, 2020• CENTRO
    El sacerdote Belisario Riveros pronuncia un sermón durante una misa por el día de la Virgen de Guadalupe en la Iglesia Católica Nativity en Brandon el viernes 11 de diciembre de 2020.
  10. Mauricio Pinzon, 44, of Tampa, kneels for a prayer before the start of Mass for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadaloupe, Dec. 11, at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon.
  11. Erian Boxtha, de 27 años, llegó a Estados Unidos a los seis años es uno de los acogidos bajo el programa de DACA. Debe renovar su permiso de trabajo en marzo de 2021 y pagar $495..
  12. El portero Rafael López, de 13 años, observa el balón durante un enfrentamiento en la  RCMA Wimauma Community Academy donde juegan hockey callejero en su nueva cancha.
  13. Dec. 8, 2020• CENTRO
    Desde izquierda los venezolanos Oscar Huertas, Omar Inaty y Carlos Bohorquez.
  14. From left to right: Venezuelans Oscar Huertas, Omar Inaty and Carlos Bohorquez.
  15. Los propietarios dijeron que se llevaron el camión de comida directamente del lote comercial. De izquierda a derecha.  Eleonora Falcone, 20; Mirco Falcone, 57 años; y Dora Botero, 48.
  16. The food truck was stolen in the early morning hours of Nov. 16
  17. Goalie Rafael Lopez, 13, watches the ball during a scrimmage in October on RCMA Wimauma Community Academy's new court.
  18. Election employees Ryan Bashore, left, and Lilly Rodriguez, right, bring in a stack of ballots as the canvassing process continues at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office on Friday.
  19. On her own, Laura Medrano of Plant City is raising son Rey Blanco, 2, and her six other children after her husband was deported to Mexico. Medrano struggles to make ends meet through her job with a food distributor but hopes that someday, her younger children can visit their father in Veracruz.
  20. Marco Antonio Arita, left, hasn't made plans yet for what he'll do when his status as a protected immigrant ends Jan. 4. Arita came to the United States two decades ago and runs a landscaping business to support his family, from left, daughter Jennifer Arita, 6; wife Roxana Chinchilla; and son Marc Anthony Arita, 13.
  21. Diego Moreno, 1, waits patiently while Walgreens pharmacist Bhargavi Patel gives his mother Juanita Gonzalez a free flu shot at a community fair in Plant City on Oct. 16. Gonzalez, a mother of five, is planting strawberries to support her family.
  22. Diego Moreno, de 1 año, espera pacientemente mientras la farmaceuta de Walgreens Bhargavi Patel le da a su madre Juanita González una vacuna gratis  contra la gripe en una feria comunitaria en Plant City . González, madre de cinco hijos, está cosechando fresas para mantener a su familia.
  23. Voters wait in line outside the Centre of Palm Harbor Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Florida has seen big numbers in early voting.