immigration

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 [...]

VOW Launches “Unheard Voices of the Pandemic” Storytelling Project

2020-07-30T18:20:13+00:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Amplifying Unheard Voices of the Pandemic|Tags: , , , , |

Voice of Witness is currently working on a new, rapid-response oral history project called Unheard Voices of the Pandemic, which aims to—through critical, humanizing first-person narratives—illuminate how marginalized communities are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic. In the media, COVID-19 has at times been described as a "great equalizer," but the reality is that long-standing inequities have been further exacerbated. Voice [...]

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Oral History Projects from our 2018-19 Germanacos Fellows

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

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 [...]

10 Actions to Support Refugees from Central America

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