Support Estela and Her Family
“My daughter and my grandson were my life, she was my first born and I feel like a piece of my heart is gone.” -Estela Calderon, mother of Selena Hidalgo Calderon
As members, friends, and staff of the Workers’ Center of Central NY, we grieve alongside Estela for the loss of her 18-year-old daughter, Selena Hidalgo Calderon.
Estela describes Selena as a tender-hearted daughter and loving mother of her one-year-old son, Owen Hildalgo Calderon.
When a mother loses a child, no matter what age, they grieve for their baby, for their toddler, for their teen, for the adult they would have become. The grief of losing a child to illness or an accident is immense but more so losing one’s child to an act of senseless violence. Selena's death is an inter-generational and community-wide loss.
A hard-working mother, Selena was one of the many thousands of upstate NY farm workers who have contributed to the state’s agricultural industry.
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Selena’s death is an immeasurable loss, but it was also preventable.
We see her death as linked to the precarious, isolated, and vulnerable living conditions of immigrant women working in rural areas. Living with limited resources, little to no access to transportation, and persecuted by state agents, immigrant women are afraid to report domestic abuse or assault and often have no way to leave dangerous situations. As a workers’ center we stand up for the rights and dignity of low-wage workers and build community and organize precisely to end these cycles of isolation and violence. We will continue to fight for a world in which every person has equal access to basic services and protections.
“What has happened to my family is unfair. I want the perpetrator to go to jail forever. I do not want another family to be hurt in this way.”
As Estela’s statement reminds us, we are guided by collective principles of family and community and we mourn and rally alongside Estela because she is part of our extended immigrant family. In these very difficult times we stand in solidarity, in accompaniment, and as witnesses. We denounce all forms of violence against women and children and call attention to the particular vulnerabilities faced by immigrant families.
Kayla Kelechian is now managing the fund as a friend of the family. She will be passing money on to Estela's family according to their wishes.
El funeral y la misa para honrar la vida de Selena tomará lugar el Sábado, 9 de Junio del 2018 a las 6:00 pm en Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13202. La misa será seguida por una recepción a las 7:30 pm en el mismo lugar.
Selena's Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13202, followed by a reception at 7:30 pm at the same location. Family and close friends are invited to join a procession at 5:30.
The obituary for Selena has been posted at the Post Standard and Auburn Citizen newspapers. En inglés y español aqui:
While the last few days have been extremely difficult, Estela and her family are grateful for all the donations and messages.
The Worker's Center, family friends, and supporters have been at the house to help with childcare, bring meals, and make sure that the family's wishes for services and burial are met.
With Estela's one-year-old grandchild still missing and grieving family members in two countries, the need for material support is significant. As you all can imagine, the tragedy of their loss is devastating and will require support well into the future.
Thank you so much for helping to ease the burdens faced by Estela and her family. Please continue to share this page and encourage friends and family to contribute.