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Three women came to the U.S. looking for a better life, but what they found wasn’t the American dream. See what they say they had to endure to provide for their own families.


Director/producer: Ariane Wu
Spanish-language producer: Daffodil Altan
Illustrator: Marina Luz
Reporters: Bernice Yeung, Grace Rubenstein, Hannah Mintz, Lauren Rosenfeld
Executive producer: Susanne Reber
Senior editors: Richard C. Paddock, Robert Salladay

For the Investigative Reporting Program

Producer: Andres Cediel
Senior producers: Lowell Bergman, William Cran
Associate producer: Lauren Rosenfeld
Reporter: Hannah Mintz
Interviews: Daffodil Altan
Translation: Erica Hellerstein, Alicia Avila


Voice actors: Isabel Siragusa, Nancy Battey, Jan Becker, Ayelette Robinson
Spanish voice actors: Daffodil Altan, Nancy Lopez, Michelle Gutierrez
Animation: Sam Ward
Additional Spanish translation: Montana Ray
Spanish-language video editor: Angela Reginato

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Ariane Wu is Series Producer, Multimedia for The Center for Investigative Reporting. She is passionate about discovering new ways of telling stories visually and through sound. She was previously a Fulbright scholar based in Beijing, as well as a new media fellow at the Asia Society. Ariane holds bachelor’s degrees in film studies and political science from UC Berkeley.

Marina Luz

Marina Luz runs her design studio, HONEYLUX, out of Oakland, California, where she does illustration, branding, and letterpress printing. She is a graduate of Stanford University.