Refugees

Partner Spotlight: An Interview with Centro Legal de la Raza

2020-07-25T02:59:21+00:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights, Refugees|Tags: , , , , , |

Founded in 1969, Centro Legal de la Raza is a legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of low-income, immigrant, and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy. Voice of Witness spoke to Carolina Martin Ramos, Centro Legal’s Director of Programs and Advocacy, about how the pandemic has impacted their clients [...]

Voice of Witness at the Howard Zinn Book Fair

2020-07-25T02:59:22+00:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: Events, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Labor Issues, Refugees, Uncategorized, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , |

On December 8, 2019, the 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, activists, [...]

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

2020-07-25T02:59:23+00:00October 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

2020-07-25T02:59:23+00:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Borders and Boundaries, Events, 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

2020-07-25T02:59:24+00:00August 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

2020-07-25T02:59:24+00:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Bold Movements, Borders and Boundaries, Brave Stories, Events, 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

2020-07-25T02:59:24+00:00June 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

2020-07-25T02:59:30+00:00May 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

2020-07-25T02:59:30+00:00November 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 [...]

Fighting Words: Stories from the New York Sanctuary Movement

2020-07-25T02:59:31+00:00August 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 [...]