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Jorge Lozano interview, 2022-01-25

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc036_02.wav

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D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2022-01-25


Biographical / Historical

Lozano immigrated from La Paz, Bolivia to Washington, D.C. in 1972 when he was a university student. He came to study English, but he soon finished his engineering degree in electronics. In addition to working professionally in the security-related industry for his entire career, he and his wife opened an arts and crafts store located in the Old Post Office Building (now Trump Hotel) in Washington, D.C. The store, which lasted for 18 years, sold all kinds of handicrafts and was known for handmade imported Bolivian alpaca wool sweaters. He was always active in local Festivals, and in 1988 founded the Panamerican Festival in Alexandria, Virginia. He provided security at the DC Latino Festival when it was held on the Mall and also had a booth at the Festival. Lozano has been an active leader in the Bolivian community: advocating for regional trade agreements, lobbying for immigration reform for Andean immigrants, and organizing local business councils. Lozano is married to Kathy Lozano and has 10 grandchildren.


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Audio of interview with Jorge Lozano. Mr. Lozano discusses immigrating from La Paz, Bolivia to Washington, D.C. in the early 1970s, going to school for engineering and beginning his career in the security-related industry, organizing the Panamerican Festival in Alexandria, Virginia in 1988, his participation in the DC Latino Festival in 1989-90, his reflections on the important role Festivals play in the Latino community, opening the only Bolivian arts and crafts store in the area and his efforts to lobby for immigration reform in the DMV area.

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