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New Story: Essential Until Expendable — 10/02/2020, 5:00 pm| New Story: An American Meo — 07/20/2020| New Story: Mirian Mijangos — 07/13/2020| New Story: Historias para lo que viene — 07/06/2020| New Story: Shanta Adhikary Ghimire — 06/29/2020| New Story: Malta Through Refugee Eyes — 06/22/2020| Stories from the Pandemic Launch — 04/20/2020| Ironbound Foodscapes Launch — 04/01/2020|

New Story: Essential Until Expendable

10/02/2020, 5:00 pm

Story published: October 1, 2020

Facebook Live event: October 2, 2020, 5PM

On Friday, October 2, Newest Americans will host a conversation on Facebook Live with author Mary Ann Koruth, photographer Ed Kashi, and Angelica Espinal-Garcia, who is a board-member at Casa Freehold and a health educator at Freehold’s Department of Health.

“We are left out. I am disappointed. I’ve lived here 20 years. I didn’t get anything.”

Alicia Valeriano, referring to the CARES act, which bypassed her family due to her undocumented status.
Federico, 66, from Puebla, Mexico, had been working at the Englishtown Raceway until it closed for the pandemic. He contracted COVID-19 and was treated at CentraState Medical Center. Casa Freehold paid for his prescription medications when he was released from hospital.

New Story: An American Meo


July 20, 2020 @ 6:00PM

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Newest Americans Mary Ann Koruth in conversation with Anisa Rahim about her experience learning her family history and writing her remarkable piece: An American Meo.


New Story: Mirian Mijangos


July 13, 2020 @ 6:00PM

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“I knew that if the hoof of the horse got to my head, it would be over for me.”

– Mirian Mijangos

A conversation with Rita Dentino of Casa Freehold and Tsering Lama of Adhikaar about immigrant domestic workers in New Jersey, their struggles, their stories and the campaign for their rights.

Mirian leaves her house for a day’s work.

New Story: Historias para lo que viene


July 6, 2020 @ 5:00PM

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Histories for what’s to come

Facebook Live with Catalina Muñoz Rojas discussing Newest Americans’ latest multimedia story, Historias Para Lo Que Viene.

Esmeralda Arboleda, originally from Tumaco, Colombia but displaced by paramilitary violence against her and her family, poses for a portrait with her son Kevin Daniel Moreno Angulo, 12. Bogota, Colombia July 2, 2018

New Story: Shanta Adhikary Ghimire


Coming June 29

A Nepali domestic worker finds her calling as a poet and activist.

Shanta Adhikary Ghimire

New Story: Malta Through Refugee Eyes


This idyllic Mediterranean island is a hub for global migration.


Stories from the Pandemic Launch


Stories from the Pandemic is a multimedia initiative that documents youth-centered experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. The essays, videos, and images, offer an intimate look inside a range of unique experiences that young people are facing.⠀

Join us at the link in our bio and here on social media as we explore what the COVID19 pandemic looks and feels like from these young people’s perspective. As a pandemic hits, youth respond.⠀

This project is a collaboration between the Newark Board of Education and Newest Americans.


Ironbound Foodscapes Launch


Ironbound Foodscapes is live! During these strange and unprecedented times, enjoy a deep dive into some of the restaurants that give Newark’s Ferry Street its culinary flair, from the comfort of your own home. Through this virtual tour you can explore the history and cuisine of Ferry Street through the buildings inhabited by five restaurants- Mompou, Nova Aliança, Sabor UNIDO, La Guayaca and Bocaditos Colombianos.