This project seeks to shine a light on families that choose to start over. The dynamics of Venezuelan refugee families are far from simple: their ultimate sacrifices, their harsh newfound realities. These families abandoned everything in search of a new beginning better than where they came from, but they’re still working to find it.
The news that stateless babies born of Venezuelan parents would gain Colombian citizenship is seen as a welcome response to the crisis. But their problems are far from over.
Babies born of Venezuelan refugee parents in Colombia were left stateless for months or years. But on August 5, the Colombian government announced it would offer citizenship to the approximate 24,000 children.
SPJ names two Reporting Fellows, Patrick Ammerman from University of Pennsylvania and Mariana Rivas from TCU, Regional Mark of Excellence winners for stories on challenges facing Venezuelan migrants.