Photo: The Latino Experience on 9/11
No corner of New York was left untouched by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. September 11 is forever etched as a painful and indelible mark on the soul of this city: The loss of so many loved ones seared our hearts and the solidarity that emerged was inspiring.
Ten years later, New Yorkers continue to suffer and show great resilience. But how a community that is 30 percent of the city’s population has weathered the lasting effects of September 11 was the question for us.
So in the months approaching the 19th anniversary of the attacks, El Diario/La Prensa launched a multimedia initiative to create a platform for Latino voices and to report the impact on Hispanics.
That devastating event changed the course of a mayoral race that could have ushered in the first Hispanic mayor of New York City; it shifted the real estate focus, which in turn, affected Latino communities already struggling with gentrification; and it set off a chain of policies that have had far-reaching consequences for immigrants.
“Latinos are 30% of New York City’s population,” said Erica Gonzalez, Executive Editor of El Diario/ La Prensa. “They lost loved ones, they responded at Ground Zero and today they are helping restore lower Manhattan to its former glory. We want to make sure their voices are heard
on this anniversary and beyond.”
The editorial team at El Diario dedicated months to researching and reporting for the project. The resulting archive of the Latino experience of September 11 has major historic value, as it features the perspectives of individuals not found elsewhere.
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