In 2013, Deisy García, a young immigrant from Guatemala, filed two domestic violence complaints against her husband. In one report, she wrote in Spanish that she feared he would kill her. The NYPD never translated the complaints and García’s husband later killed her and their two daughters. This special report explores the difficulties that some Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence encounter when communicating with law enforcement officials in the city.
Illustrator Javier Güelfi and videographer Mauricio Rodríguez contributed to Voiceless, which was reported, written and produced by María Sánchez Díez.
Voiceless is a project of the NYCity News Service at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. A version of this report was published in Spanish by Univision.
María Sánchez Díez
María Sánchez Díez is a Spanish journalist based in the U.S. She is a Fulbright and Tow-Knight Center fellow. Currently, she works at the innovation team at Univision Digital. She also likes dinosaurs and old postcards. You can check her work at www.mariasanchezdiez.com
Javier is an Argentine digital illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer. He is currently working as a freelance illustrator for Univision in Miami, FL. He likes books, night skies, and complaining about the weather. You can check his work at: welfen.tumblr.com