Interview, Sonia Dussing

November 7, 2020

Sonia Dussing was born in 1985 and raised by her parents in the Dominican Republic alongside her two brothers. Her parents moved to the United States in 1992 and brought her and her brothers to the U.S. in 1995, when she was ten years old. She completed her elementary and secondary education while living in the U.S. and went on to receive a college degree in criminal justice, which she utilized to become a probation officer.

In this interview, Sonia Dussing discusses her family’s immigration to the United States, what it was like moving to a new country, and why she chose to become a probation officer. She explains a bit about some of the holiday traditions in which she was raised, her children’s connection to those traditions, and her experiences of community with other Latino people. She also discusses differences that she has noticed between generations in her family, her relationship with religion, and how people in the U.S. view immigrants and Latino people.

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