Elsy Osorio / Richmond, VA

Elsy Osorio from El Salvador has experienced the greatest possible pain. Her 10-year-old daughter was abused by her father who is now a fugitive from justice. Full of courage, She make the decision to denounce him and confront the inhuman American immigration system.

Maria Chavalan Sut / Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church / Charlottesville, VA

María Chavalan Sut, indigenous woman from Guatemala, fled to the United States after individuals threatened to kill her in an effort to usurp her land. This people set fire to her home in Guatemala City while Maria and her family were inside. Now after being received in Sanctuary she is living at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, VA

Angela Ramirez / Richmond, VA

Angela Ramirez from Honduras, crosses the US border with the hope that one of her children, who suffers from a heart disease can have the surgery he needs to survive. She is deceived by an acquaintance of her community who promises her that her son will have a better chance of doing it in the United States. After her arrival in the country this man made her live a hell from which she managed to escape after a week of confinement in an apartment in Nashville, TN.

Now she is safe trying to make her new life in Richmond, VA.

Abbie Arevalo Herrera / First UU Church / Richmond, VA

Abbie Arevalo-Herrera and her oldest daughter cross the border of the United States to seek asylum fleeing the abuse and persecution she received by her ex partner. Now after being received in Sanctuary she is living with her two children at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Richmond, VA. 

Carlos Bernate

Pronouns He/They/Them Carlos Bernate is a gender-fluid Colombian documentary photographer whose work is focused on human rights, identity, and social humanitarian-related issues. Currently, They are dedicated to documenting their community in Richmond, Virginia, where they had been based since 2017. In 2018, Bernate completed a degree in Photography & Film from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia. Their work has been published internationally in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, NPR, Internazionale, amongst others. Their stories have also been exhibited worldwide in Portugal, Argentina, Colombia, and USA.
Website via Visura

Carlos Bernate is integrated to:
Visura site builder, a tool to grow your photography business
Visura's network for visual storytellers and journalists
A photography & film archive by Visura
Photography grants, open calls, and contests
A newsfeed for visual storytellers