Solito Solita

Solito, Solita Shortlisted for Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America

October 25th, 2019|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Immigration, News, Refugees, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , |

Voice of Witness’s latest oral history book, Solito, Solita, has been shortlisted for the Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. Solito, Solita (“Alone, Alone”) is an urgent collection of oral histories that tells – in their own words – the stories of young refugees fleeing countries in Central America and [...]

Seeing the U.S.-Mexico Border through the Eyes of a Refugee

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

by Gabriel Mendez In early July, Voice of Witness reached out to me and told me about a protest in El Paso happening on July 5th, where artists would perform, talking about their experiences at the border and how the conditions in detention centers are inhumane. I got really interested because I feel that everything related to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Nowhere to Turn: Hundreds of refugees stuck in Tijuana with no clear path forward

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Editor Interviews, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Steven Mayers Hundreds gather each morning at El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana                         Crossing from San Ysidro into Mexico on foot, I don’t even need to show my passport. After walking down a hallway for a few [...]

[VIDEO] Meet Soledad, a Youth Migrant Determined to Take Back Her Story

May 10th, 2017|Categories: Immigration, Narrators, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

Dear Friends, A warm hello from VOW editors Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman! For over a year, we've been interviewing young people who are fleeing abuse, hunger, gangs, and corrupt authorities in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to seek a better life in the U.S. Teens risk life and limb clinging to Mexican [...]

Dispatch from the Field: The Latest on Current Projects

July 18th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, Cultural and Personal Identity, Dispatches from the Field, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Labor Issues, News, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This summer, VOW's editors have been making big strides on their oral history projects. (Thanks in no small part to everyone who supported the Seed the VOW Story Fund Campaign this past spring!) Here are the latest updates on the next book in the VOW series, and the six projects currently incubating in the VOW Story Lab: [...]

Dispatch from the Field: Interviewing Youth Migrants in Chicago

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

Cristhian, interviewed for Solito, Solita Following the success of the "Seed the VOW Story Fund" Campaign in May, our VOW Story Fund editors are hitting the ground running with their oral history projects. Editors Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman have just returned to San Francisco after a productive trip to Chicago, where they recorded [...]

His Life Hangs in the Balance

May 26th, 2016|Categories: Immigration, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

A Q&A with Solito, Solita Editors Steven Mayers & Jonathan Freedman We’re excited to share an inside look into one of our newest oral history projects: Solito, Solita: Youth Migrants from Central America. Solito, Solita (Alone, Alone) sheds light on the abuses that youth migrants from Central America face while seeking refuge from life-threatening conditions in their home countries. [...]