"We Are Human Beings' Familias Separadas Project/ Michelle Angela Ortiz




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Published on Oct 15, 2015

“Familias Separadas” project, created and led by artist Michelle Angela Ortiz, is a series of temporary site-specific public art works that will mark locations and document stories of immigrant families affected by deportations in the city of Philadelphia. The main goal of the project is to shift the focus on the statistics/ numbers of the deported people and see the father, mother, brother that has been torn apart from their families. 

For over a year and a half, Ortiz worked with undocumented youth and families in partnership with Juntos, a Latino immigrant community-led organization fighting for human rights as Immigrants, parents, youth, and workers. She collected audio stories from undocumented families that reveal the moment their loved ones were deported and how their lives changed before and after deportation.

Ortiz is creating a total of five large-scale artworks that will be placed throughout the city. This project is highlighted through the Mural Arts Program's Open Source city-wide project. 

Over 30 volunteers and community members from Juntos came out to artist, Michelle Angela Ortiz, place her artwork in front of the ICE building on 16th and Callowhill. 

With the support of Juntos and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, they were able to place the words 'WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS, RISKING OUR LIVES, FOR OUR FAMILIES AND OUR FUTURE" in front of a building that decides who gets deported in this city. 

This is a great accomplishment, but the greater accomplishment will be when the people detained in that building are reunited with their families. 



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