Lower East Side Voices: A Family Separated

Ramon Vargas, facilities manager at Henry Street Settlement, has been in this country since 1989, but he still remembers the painful separation from his family like it was yesterday. Vargas’ wife and child came from the Dominican Republic to live in the U.S. His visa didn’t come through for four years. Once the family was reunited, Vargas was forced to leave his parents behind. In the final installment of our series, Lower East Side Voices, Kimberly Avalos introduces us to Ramon and Maria Vargas. This project is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service.