A Father for

The story of the first undocumented minor
under the legal guardianship of a sanctuary
church in New York City.


I can't stand to be here anymore. I need to find another way of living.

Hermes Espinoza is one of the 27 minors under the guardianship of Father Fabián Arias, the leader of a Lutheran church that is part of the New Sanctuary Movement.

“When you’re there and you ask yourself: What am I doing? Where am I going to go? I’m not going to make it to the end. I might die trying to get there. It happens to so many people, and nobody cares. I thank God that my brother was with me in the journey. If I had been alone, I don’t think I would be here now. It was a hard journey.
But, at the same time, I think it was worth it.”

“We do what we can. I just wish we could protect all 11 million…(laughs) So many people who are unable to apply for all these blessings, right?”

"It got to the point where I didn’t want to live, anymore. I tried to commit suicide twice. I was feeling totally empty... Fabián wasn't notified the first time."

"The second one, he knew about. He told me: “What were you thinking? Look at everything you have accomplished!"

With the help of the faithfuls from Church Sión and Father Fabián, Hermes excels and focuses on studying fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York City.

A Father for Hermes

By: Jesenia De Moya C., Estefanía Hernández and Lidia Hernández Tapia

Interviewees: Hermes Espinosa and Fabián Arias

Editors: Luis Trelles, Miguel Paz, Cristina Maldonado (Research)
y David Galavotti (Interactive)

An assignment for the bilingual Craft 2 class
of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

The Stand of Father FabiánLa resistencia del padre FabiánVersión en español