One of the Band

The story of Chimbala, Julania and the Esperanza Latin Band, where music has given immigrant teenagers a safe haven as they find out what it really means to achieve the American Dream.


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Caterina Barbera is an award-winning journalist from Chile. She attended Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, where she studied Journalism and was selected valedictorian of the class of 2013. Before coming to Columbia, she worked as an investigative reporter and videographer for Megavision, the most-watched television channel in Chile, reporting on high-impact stories about corruption and political funding. She earned a full scholarship from CONICYT Chile, awarded to national leaders in several academic disciplines. Caterina is now a Cross-Borders Data Project Postgraduate Fellow at Columbia University.

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Davi Merchan is a Venezuelan-American multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker. Davi graduated with a degree in Forensic Psychology from the Honors Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and worked with trauma victims and survivors of human trafficking before switching to journalism. At Columbia, she was elected President for the school’s SPJ Chapter and the Class of 2018. She is currently in London, England, as the David Jayne Fellow for ABC News Foreign Coverage desk.