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Maria in her home looks out to the window at the sight of an ICE agent, since her day of deportation is current and could arrive at her door any time.
María Chavalan Sut, indigenous woman from Guatemala in her home looking out to the window at the sight of an ICE agent, since her day of deportation is current and ICE could arrive at her door any time.
She fled to the United States after individuals threatened to kill her in an effort to usurp her land. The seriousness of the threat is not in question: they set fire to her home in Guatemala City while Maria and her family were inside. They lost all their possessions.
Maria had to flee Guatemala for her life and was able to come to Virginia. She has been working multiple jobs in order to send money back home to support her children and to rebuild the home her family lost in the fire. Employers in Guatemala would not hire her because she is an indigenous person. Even still, she taught mathematics to underprivileged children and also worked at a self-publishing company producing materials in her native Keqchikel language to help keep it from dying out.