Author: Von Diaz

Bio: Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York City. She is a self-taught cook who explores Puerto Rican food, culture, and identity through memoir and multimedia. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, PRI’s The World, BuzzFeed, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds. Von has an M.A. in journalism and Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies and focused her research on women in Latin America. She is a currently a producer at StoryCorps, and previously worked in community advocacy and communications for nonprofits focused on women, children, art, and Latino culture.


2011 – A Year of Activism for the DREAM Act and Undocumented Immigrant Youth

Posted on: 27 Dec 2011

Undocumented youth activists stepped up their game in 2011, organizing civil disobedience actions, online video campaigns, and support for state-level DREAM Acts that would aid in tuition-relief.

Food in 2 Worlds Podcast: How Zarela Martinez Brought Mexican Cuisine to New York

Posted on: 08 Dec 2011

In this podcast, reporter Von Diaz tells the story of Chef Zarela Martinez, a culinary trendsetter, who changed New Yorkers’ ideas about Mexican food.

Von Diaz on PRI’s The World: LGBT Immigrant Youth Struggle in New York

Posted on: 11 Jul 2011

Listen to reporter Von Diaz’s radio story about young gay immigrants in New York, and the difficulties they face coming out to their families.

Seeking a Wider Dialogue on Queer Migrations

Posted on: 15 Apr 2011

A recent conference at The New School focused on immigration issues in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community.

Gay Immigrant Couple’s Future Remains Uncertain After Judge Postpones Deportation Hearing

Posted on: 04 Apr 2011

A judge has postponed Monica Alcota’s deportation in light of President Obama’s decision to consider the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. But her case is far from settled. Feet in Two Worlds’ Von Diaz sat down with Alcota and her partner Cristina Ojeda to talk about their situation.

Despite Violent Turn, New Yorkers Show Support for University of Puerto Rico Student Demonstrations

Posted on: 15 Mar 2011

Days after a group of students at the University of Puerto Rico assaulted the school’s interim chancellor, Puerto Rican student activists received a sympathetic reception in New York City.

Gay Immigrant Youth in New York Struggle With Homelessness

Posted on: 23 Feb 2011

Adrielle Grant and Juan Valdez were kicked out of their homes when their families found out they were gay. For gay immigrant youth, poverty and lack of support from their families and immigrant communities make them particularly vulnerable to becoming – and staying – homeless.

Same-Sex Couples Still Awaiting Immigration Reform

Posted on: 07 Jan 2011

Comprehensive immigration reform didn’t happen in 2010. The DREAM Act failed to get enough Senate votes in December, setting the tone for a challenging year ahead. Yet the Senate managed to provide a victory for gay rights. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the federal law barring homosexuals in the U.S. military from being open about their […]

For Gay Hispanics in the U.S., “Se Pone Mejor”

Posted on: 29 Dec 2010

In the midst of a 9.8 percent unemployment rate and the worst economic recession since the 1930s, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has taken time to advocate for Latino LGBT rights.

Family of Slain Ecuadorian Immigrant Fights Hate Crimes

Posted on: 16 Dec 2010

On the two-year anniversary of José Sucuzhañay’s brutal murder in Brooklyn, his family and local leaders gathered to remember him and condemn anti-immigrant and anti-gay violence.