Juan Carlos lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
Life for Haitians in the Dominican is difficult. Unless they have sufficient funds to start their own business, which most do not, they are passed over for work because of their nationality. Dominicans prefer to hire their own countrymen.
Juan Carlos lives in a small home with his mom who brought him over from Haiti in 2014. His dad and siblings live in Haiti. Mom sells charcoal for a living.
He attends public school and is in 1st grade. His favorite color is purple.