The last name Vourvoulias is not very common for a Latina. When I asked her where it came from, she explained that her father’s family was Greek and that he was a first generation American who grew up in Colombia and Mexico. The question of roots, sense of community and immigration runs deep in her blood and shines throughout her work as a journalist, advocacy blogger and fiction writer. “As a young woman I always thought my greatest strength was creativity, but now I’d say it’s endurance,” says Vourvoulias. “I don’t let hope die.”
AN IMMIGRANT IN THE RURAL U.S.
Named in honor of an Audrey Hepburn movie, Sabrina Vourvoulias was born in Thailand and raised in Guatemala. The country became both inspiration for her as a journalist and a source of tremendous sadness. She was forced to come to the U.S. as a teenager when her family fled Guatemala’s undeclared civil war that raged during most of the last part of the 20th century.