“Never trust your cat”

This interview was conducted on November 27, 2017 in Glenville, New York. Sydney Blodgett interviews her father, Jeff Blodgett about his childhood living in Upstate NY, his parents and siblings, and his time serving in the military. He talks about...

Immigration Stories Italy: Juan

Juan is immigrated to Italy from Peru for a better life. Juan lives in Pioltello just outside of Milan. Juan paints a beautiful picture of growing up in Peru and being surrounded by his many sisters. Juan tells about his...

Immigration Stories Italy: Damman

Damman is the youngest of the asylum seekers I interviewed at Villa Barbiero Centro Accoglienza Immigrati. While it is always a struggle to cross Northern Africa to get to Libya, Damman had a few strokes of luck along the way....

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Oscar Moretti and Angela Moretti

Angela Moretti (57) interviews her husband, Oscar Moretti (62), about his childhood growing up in both Italy and Venezuela, why he immigrated to the United States, and together they reflect on their 35 years of marriage.

Immigration Stories Italy: Sunday

Sunday is a asylum seeker seeking refuge at the Villa Barbiero Centro Accoglienza Immigrati living a productive and safe life at the center in Southern Italy. Sunday works doing manual labor on farms around the Catanzaro region. Sunday talks about...

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Sarah Clark and Conor McGlade

Conor McGlade (27) speaks with his fiance Sarah Clark (28) about how they met during a study abroad program in New Zealand, started dating and eventually became engaged in Ireland.

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Andrew Hanson and Patricia Foster

Andrew "Andy" Hanson (73) tells his wife Patricia Foster (70) about his experience and escape of the Andrea Doria shipwreck on July 25th, 1956 when he was just 12 years old.

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Anete Vasquez and Lynn Stallings

Anete Vasquez (46) talks to her friend, Lynn Stallings (52), about her most notable life moments.

Immigration Stories Italy: Mustapha

Mustapha's journey begins in Gambia and travels through 7 different countries before reaching Calabria, Italy. Mustapha tells of the great risk as he leaves his family behind to travel for months to Libya. Mustapha tells us of how when he...

Sydney Walsh and Her Story

Sydney Walsh explains to me her childhood and what it was like growing up in a small town. She includes information about her life in college and aspiring career to become a dentist. She also has stories to share about...

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Sandy Frost and Taffy Solcher

Sandy Frost (52) talks with her mother Taffy Solcher (79) and asks about Taffy's unique childhood, growing up as the daughter of a man in the oil business which meant growing up all over the world, in places like Columbia,...

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Melissa MacKenzie and Esayas Asfeha

Melissa Mackenzie (68) prompts her dear friend Esayas Asfeha (41) to recount his migration story from multiple refugee camps to his arrival in Missoula, Montana, a 16 year process.

Immigration Stories Italy: Lamin Tamba

Lamin Tamba, who goes by Lamin, and in our interview he shares horrific details of his journey from Senegal to Libya and then ultimately pushed onto a boat into the Mediterranean Sea in complete darkness, hoping he makes it safely...

Immigration Stories Italy: Jorida

Jorida Dervishi is an idealist through and through. Jorida came from Albania to Milan 4 years ago and opened her own school for women immigrants to help them learn to speak Italian. While working with her school devoted to women...

Immigration Stories Italy: Savaneh Lamin

Savaneh Lamin, who goes by Lamin, talks about his arduous journey from the Ivory Coast to Libya and then crossing the sea to be rescued by a Ship. Once rescued by a ship he was brought to Italy and then...