Refugees

Voice of Witness at the Howard Zinn Book Fair

November 14th, 2019|Categories: Events, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Labor Issues, Refugees, Uncategorized, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , |

On December 8, 2019, 2019 Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco will feature speakers from two Voice of Witness books: Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America and Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture.  The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of people’s history – past, present and future. The event brings together authors, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]