The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program Committee will host the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times journalist Sonia Nazario on campus for a public lecture to discuss the increasingly visible issue of unaccompanied child minors from Central America at the U.S.-Mexican border. Nazario will, in particular, be discussing her NYT bestseller, Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother, a well-researched look at a seventeen-year-old Honduran boy’s trip by foot and train between Honduras and the United States to find his mother, who emigrated when he was a small child. This unforgettable account documents Enrique’s challenges with gangs and corrupt police, along with the kindness of strangers who help him on his tremendously trying trek. It also highlights the push-and-pull factors that drove his mother to emigrate without documentation years earlier, leaving her son behind, and examines the reasons that Enrique felt the only way to see her again was to literally risk his life through a harrowing journey through Central America and Mexico, and then across the U.S.-Mexican border.
Sonia Nazario is a projects reporter for The Los Angeles Times, who has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues, earning her dozens of national awards. The newspaper series upon which Enrique’s Journey is based won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. Nazario grew up in Kansas and Argentina. She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
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The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program Committee:
Dr. Resha Cardone, Dr. Carmen Coury, Dr. Luke Eilderts, Dr. William Faraclas, Dr. Rafael Hernández,
Dr. Sobeira Latorre, Dr. Patricia Olney, Dr. Luisa Piemontese, Dr. Loida Reyes, Dr. Kathleen Skoczen