Refugees

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 [...]

From the Archives: Nadia’s Story in Out of Exile

June 25th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Brave Stories, Civil Rights and Security, Exile & Displacement, Narrators, Political Oppression, Poverty and Economic Rights, Refugees, Sudan, 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. In [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Summer Reading List from VOW

June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Arts, Civil Rights and Security, Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice, Refugees, Uncategorized, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Voice of Witness team has put together a short summer reading list, featuring a few personal recommendations from our staff. What do you plan to read this summer? Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, [...]

Resettlement Stories for World Refugee Day

June 20th, 2018|Categories: Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Book Series, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

A refugee's story does not end once they’ve reached a host country. In fact, that is often just the beginning of their journey. On World Refugee Day, join us in honoring the courage of refugees by amplifying their stories. Our new project, Resettled, explores the displacement, trauma, and community integration refugees face when resettling in rural Appalachia. By [...]

Our First San Francisco-Based Project!

June 12th, 2018|Categories: Home and Belonging, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Book Series, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , |

We're so excited about our first San Francisco-based VOW oral history project, Proyecto Santuario, a participatory, community-based project that explores the history of San Francisco as a "sanctuary city" through the voices of Central American immigrants and refugees. Proyecto Santuario is currently incubating through the VOW Story Lab, which provides oral history training, editorial guidance, and project funding [...]