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Mateo Tabares

Queens, NY to Colombia

My name is Mateo Tabares, I am 18 years old and I came from Colombia in 2010.  My parents and I migrated to the US looking to achieve the American Dream - to have a better economic status and obtain a higher education. However, accomplishing this has become very difficult because my father went back to Colombia. I have not seen my father in 4 years nor been back to my native country. 

My mom has always been my biggest hero and supports me just the way I am - an immigration activist and transmale. I only see my mother 3 or 4 times a month because she is working as a home health-aid overnight 6 nights a week. She does this in order to support our family and save money for my college.


FLIGHT CREW: Megan Baier & Liz Ott



Asmaou Bah

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to Senegal

My name is Asmaou Bah and I am 48 years old. I fled Guinea in 2010 and received asylum in the US so cannot return there. I was targeted by the military for my political activism - speaking out for teacher's and womens' rights - as well my unwillingness to be forced into marriage or let my daughter be forced into marriage by my late husband's family.  

It has been 4 years since I have been with my loved ones. I wish to see my family in nearby Senegal - my sons, daughter, and sister. I especially want to visit my mother. I want to see her before she dies so she can see that I have survived.


FLIGHT CREW: The Reddy Family

PARTNER ORGANIZATION: African Services Committee


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Adilka Pimentel

Brooklyn, NY to the Dominican Republic

In November of 1991 I immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic and remained undocumented until 2009. I was two years old, and my 21 year old mother was six months pregnant with my brother.

After moving to the US, I never saw my father again. 

Although I gained status in 2009, I have not been able to travel to the DR. I wish it were as simple as packing my bags and getting on a plane. Unfortunately debt, living paycheck to paycheck and other financial obligations have kept me from being able to meet the man who might've made the biggest difference in my life. 


FLIGHT CREW: The Sen Family