Los Repatriados
Los Repatriados > Michigan Repatriation
History of Latinos in Michigan and Detroit
Southwest Detroit today

Elena Herrada
Fronteras Norteñas is a Detroit based non-profit community organization dedicated to empowering ourselves and our community by reclaiming our spiritual, cultural, and intellectual history. Elena Herrada is Director of the Oral History project of the Fronteras Norteñas organization.

Building in Mexican Town, Detroit with a mural that is currently being restored. The building in distance is the now abandoned train station that served as a departure point for many repatriates.


“There was never an act or a law passed to repatriate the people. These were social workers and city officials knocking on the door… There was no one to defend them. So they were completely defenseless.”
-Elena Herrada