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Eight Years After the Earthquake, A Reflection on Life in Port-au-Prince

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, Narrators, Poverty and Economic Rights, VOW Book Series|

Eight years have passed since a devastating earthquake shook Haiti on January 12, 2010. Today, we're honoring the anniversary by sharing excerpts from our book Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince. The following stories give us a closer look at the life, culture, and incredible resiliance of the Haitian people. The current rhetoric around Haiti has shown how important it is to [...]

Razan Hussin: An Immigrant Student Inspired to Change Her Community through Oral History

December 26th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Immigration|Tags: , , , , , , |

“There are times that I feel uncomfortable because of how people look at me as I’m wearing my headscarf. I’ve experienced some racism on campus.”—Razan Hussin, 19 Razan is a native Arabic speaker from Jordan who came to the U.S. when she was twelve. Being an immigrant student at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, [...]

These prizes could be yours when you give to the Our Stories, Our Future Campaign…

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Make a gift to the Our Stories, Our Future Campaign for the VOW Education Program by December 31st and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of these prizes: Aesop Skin Care Geranium Leaf Duet A Bundle of VOW's Immigration-Themed Books, Including:  [...]

New Americans Museum: Changing the Narrative on Immigration

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The New Americans Museum (NAM) in San Diego, CA has embraced a critical responsibility in American history and culture: promoting understanding and interaction between immigrants and native-born Americans. In the era of Trump, this is no easy feat. Shortly after the 2016 election, the museum was vandalized with anti-immigrant graffiti declaring, “Too much [...]

Meet Our Amazing Volunteers!

December 7th, 2017|Categories: Volunteers, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , |

We are so grateful for all of our amazing volunteers who spend hours transcribing, translating, and editing the narratives for our books! Meet our volunteers Joe, Maryam, and Miguel as they tell us why they support VOW: Joe Stephens I began volunteering at a maximum-security prison outside Nashville when I was just eighteen. Once [...]

Oscar Ramos: Changing the Way Schools Support Immigrant Students

December 4th, 2017|Categories: Education, Immigration, Narrators, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , |

Photo: Oscar Ramos (right) with his student José, whose parents are migrant farm workers. Photo from PBS documentary East of Salinas, 2015. Oscar Ramos is a teacher at Sherwood Elementary School in East Salinas, California. His story appears in VOW's Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture. Oscar's students are often [...]

VOW Receives Human Rights Education Award

November 13th, 2017|Categories: Education, Events|Tags: , , |

The Voice of Witness team is excited to share that we have been awarded the Edward O'Brien Human Rights Education Award for 2017! Each year, the award recognizes one organization and one individual who have made outstanding contributions to human rights education in the United States, in memory of pioneer human rights educator Ed O’Brien. We are [...]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Amplifying Indigenous Voices

October 5th, 2017|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Gender Inequality, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Narrators, Women in Prison|Tags: , , , |

What’s Indigenous Peoples' Day? In 1992, the city of Berkeley, CA declared that the second Monday of October, also known as Columbus Day, would become a day of solidarity with Indigenous peoples around the globe. Ever since, the movement has spread across the country, from Minneapolis, to Phoenix, and recently, Los Angeles. In honor of [...]

The Art of Oral History

September 14th, 2017|Categories: Arts, Education|Tags: , , , |

Students from Oakland Technical High School performing a theatrical adaptation of Voices from the Storm in November of 2015. At the core of our mission, we believe in the power of the story to change hearts and minds. Stories open our eyes to new cultures and ideas, break down barriers, and [...]

Rohingya in Burma: Fatima’s Oral History

September 12th, 2017|Categories: Burma, Narrators, Refugees|Tags: |

The human rights crisis occurring right now in Burma is nothing new. When we published Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma's Military Regime in 2011, one narrator, Fatima, recounted her experience as a Rohingya refugee living in Bangladesh, and the hardship she faced as a Muslim in Burma.  We must continue to share these [...]