Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Urging the U.S. to Provide Immigrant Children with Government-funded Attorneys

Here is a great piece that aired on Fusion TV yesterday in which I call on the U.S. to provide government-funded attorneys so that no immigrant child faces going to court alone.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Enrique's Journey a Top Teen Non-Fiction Novel

Exciting news: Kirkus, among the nation’s most prominent book review magazines, just named Enrique’s Journey adapted for young adults one of its top teen non-fiction books. Only three other titles were selected.

Monday, October 14, 2013

My Take on Immigration in the New York Times

Why do we keep trying the same three approaches when it comes to unlawful migration? In this op-ed, I suggest a better way.

Teaching Guide Geared To New Common Core Teaching Standards Issued for Young Adult Version of Enrique's Journey

Random House has issued this wonderful teaching guide, with discussion questions and activities, geared to helping teachers use Enrique's Journey in conjunction with the nation's new Common Core Standards for teaching. The book, completely revised to be used in the seventh grade on up in middle school and with reluctant readers in high school, was published Aug. 27, 2013. It will be issued in Spanish next year.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

UN Chronicle Piece on Migration

In June I addressed the United Nations and spoke about the shift that is needed in our approach toward migration issues. The UN Chronicle has just published a piece I wrote that explains what these issues are and how they affect migrants coming to the U.S.

You can read the piece on my website at

The UN will meet October 3 & 4 in a high level meeting to discuss how to better address global migration.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Please help spread the word: Enrique's Journey for Young Adults will be published next Tuesday.

The True Story Of A Boy Determined To Reunite With His Mother

(Adapted For Young People)
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Sonia Nazario

I’m excited that something I spent a lot of time working on--the Young Adult version of Enrique’s Journey--will be published next week and it has already received terrific reviews.

Kirkus gave the book its prestigious starred review and said, … [It] provides a human face, both beautiful and scarred, for the undocumented—a must-read.”

Booklist saidPulitzer Prize–winning journalist Nazario offers young readers a compelling account of a modern-day immigration odyssey…. This powerfully written survival story personalizes the complicated, pervasive, and heart-wrenching debates about immigration and immigrants’ rights and will certainly spark discussion in the classroom and at home.”

The School Library Journal said, “…Nazario offers a compelling account of a young man’s brave efforts to find the parent he had not seen in 10 years, and that reunion’s complex, unforeseen consequences. The journey tells the larger story of undocumented Latin American migrants in the United States…. Exploring important issues of immigration on both a personal and global scale, this title would be a valuable addition to young adult collections.

The previous edition has really inspired discussion and helped change conversations about immigration. I am hoping this book will do the same for middle schoolers and Reluctant Readers in high schools.

If you know any middle school, high school, or other educators who might be interested, please pass this press release and your recommendation along to them.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Enrique's Journey for young adults reviewed on Kirkus!

Enrique’s Journey for young people, to be released next month, has received a coveted starred review from Kirkus Reviews! The review says my narrative “Provides a human face, both beautiful and scarred, for the undocumented—a must-read.” Readers, it says, will not want to miss the updated Epilogue, which “allows readers who are moved by Enrique to follow the family’s tragedies and triumphs since the book’s original publication; the journey does not end upon reaching the United States.” The new edition is for middle schoolers and reluctant readers.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Kids In Need of Defense

On April 30th, I visited New York City to speak at the Gala Dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center for Kids In Need of Defense, a non-profit that works to find pro-bono attorneys to represent unaccompanied immigrant children. So far, they have recruited more than 5,000 attorneys nationwide. The entire board of KIND, myself included, helped ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ at 4:00 pm that afternoon in Times Square. Here are some of my favorite photos from that visit.

Victoria Kennedy introducing me as keynote speaker for the KIND gala.

Here I am ringing the NASDAQ closing bell with KIND.

Keynote Speaker at Harvard University's "Crossing Borders: Immigration and Gender in the Americas" Symposium

I recently had the privilege of speaking at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for a conference about immigration, focusing specifically on female migrants.

I wanted to share an article about my speech from the Harvard Gazette.

The Price of Women's Migration

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New York Times Op-ed on Immigrant Children in need of Legal Defense

I wanted to share broadly an opinion piece that will run in tomorrow's New York Times. It's an issue I feel passionately about and one I believe this country needs to address. 
I also wanted to share a bit of good news: Enrique's Journey, adapted for younger readers, will be out this August for junior high school students. If you know any teachers who might be interested in a preview copy, please let me know!