Bhalvin Prince

    Bhalvin Prince was born in Guatemala. When he was 17 he came to the United States with his brother. He was living in Kingston, NY at a shelter for unaccompanied minors until this past November. On the morning of his 18th birthday he was taken by ICE from this home where he lived with his brother and others, and was taken to Orange County Jail in Goshen, NY. Despite no criminal record of any kind, he spent 2 months awaiting a court date of any kind, and a total of 4 months incarcerated. During this time he was able to create the pieces of art in this submission which express his frustration, his difficulties, and his understanding of perspective and patience and appreciation for what one does have. Thanks to community support from friends in the Hudson Valley, he was able to avoid deportation and be freed on bail and spend some time in the New York while awaiting processing of his asylum application. He currently resides with his brother in Nashville, TN.

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