immigration

“Are You Colombian? Sorry.” Danny’s Story in Throwing Stones at the Moon

September 9th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Colombia, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we’re resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. For [...]

Reader to Witness: Stories of Undocumented Lives

August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Activism, Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series, Witness|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Eliana Swerdlow The human rights crisis at the United States and Mexican border sits at the forefront of my consciousness. As I go about my daily life, I think of the stories of many individuals who are suffering at the hands of the American government. As the media reports, we’re at a dangerous moment [...]

Oral History Projects from our 2018-19 Germanacos Fellows

July 26th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows|Tags: , , , , , |

Since 2015, the VOW Education Program's Sharing History Initiative has supported passionate and underfunded teachers, storytellers, and community leaders in bringing social justice-based storytelling into their communities. In summer of 2016, the VOW Education Program launched the Germanacos Fellowship for Sharing History, which provides support for outstanding Sharing History Initiative participants to explore groundbreaking new [...]

Art and Activism at the El Paso Border

July 15th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Bold Movements, Borders and Boundaries, Brave Stories, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Ela Banerjee “Thank you for joining us on this glorious day for America!” Hearing these words from our pilot, Solito, Solita narrator Gabriel Mendez and I both stiffened and shared an uncomfortable glance. It’s true that we were traveling from San Francisco to El Paso, Texas on the Fourth of July. Shades of [...]

10 Actions to Support Refugees from Central America

June 20th, 2019|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Brave Stories, English Language Learners, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , , |

They are a mass migration of thousands, yet each one travels solito, solita, alone, alone. While news of caravans and border walls has been top of mind for months, so rarely do we get to hear from the people most impacted - asylum seekers - about their experiences coming to the United States. Our new [...]

Summer Reading List: Our Favorites for 2019

May 14th, 2019|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Refugees, Say It Forward, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , |

What are you reading this summer? The VOW staff put together a summer reading list of some of our favorites! 1. A sweeping history–and counter-narrative–of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the [...]

From the Archives: Yogesh’s Story in Underground America

March 25th, 2019|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Brave Stories, English Language Learners, Immigration, Narrators, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we're resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. Millions [...]

From Solito to Solidarity

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series, VOW Editor Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman Gabriel and Soledad, narrators in Solito, Solita, unfurl the Honduran flag in support of refugees. When we began interviewing youth refugees from Central America four and a half years ago, we never imagined that a caravan of Honduran refugees would arrive in Tijuana the same day [...]

Fighting Words: Stories from the New York Sanctuary Movement

August 28th, 2018|Categories: Activism, Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Jon Earle Image courtesy of The New Sanctuary Coalition A bride and groom are married in chains. A mother prepares her daughters for life without her. Two prison friends sing, "Lord, give us a big heart to love, and a strong heart to fight." These are the stories of immigrants facing [...]

Inside an Immigrant Detention Facility

August 15th, 2018|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Civil Rights and Security, Criminal Justice, English Language Learners, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , |

The topic of immigration has been a critical political issue since borders were built, yet immigrant voices continue to be excluded from this ongoing story within the United States. Recently, we've seen a surge of media coverage discussing an appalling scene at our border: refugees are being arrested and locked away in immigrant detention facilities, and [...]