Solito Solita

Looking Back at 2019 and Forward at 2020

2020-07-25T02:59:22+00:00December 15th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Puerto Rico, Say It Forward, Uncategorized, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , |

In 2019, Voice of Witness had a lot to celebrate. We released Say it Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling – our DIY guide that outlines our critical oral history methodology – and Solito, Solita: Crossing the Border With Youth Refugees From Central America, bringing VOW’s total books published to 20.  We also celebrated VOW’s 10 year [...]

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 [...]

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

2020-08-12T18:41:06+00:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Borders and Boundaries, English Language Learners, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, 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

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 [...]

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

2020-07-25T02:59:31+00:00July 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

2020-07-25T02:59:34+00:00May 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

2020-07-25T02:59:42+00:00July 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

2020-07-25T02:59:43+00:00June 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 [...]