I came to live in the U.S. when I was 9. My family immigrated from Guatemala, which at the time was in the midst of a bloody civil war. I was never asked if I wanted to move — I was never even prepared for the culture shock, the vastly different school system or life in urban Los Angeles.
Nearly 800 former research subjects and their families filed a billion-dollar lawsuit Wednesday against the Johns Hopkins University, blaming the institution for its role in 1940s and 1950s experiments in Guatemala that infected hundreds with syphilis, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases.
A trip years ago to visit a friend and aid worker in a Guatemala City slum proved life altering for Towson resident Bethany Tran, who launched an online shoe boutique in a partnership with cobblers and weavers from Guatemala.