Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 4 PM 
Place: Ballroom D, Strand Union Building

Title: Enrique’s Journey: Child Migrants and the U.S. Response

Sponsoring department: Modern Languages & Literatures



Using award-winning photographs, Sonia Nazario takes you inside the world of millions of immigrant women who have come to the US as single mothers, and the children they have left behind in their home countries in Central America and Mexico. She discusses the modern-day odyssey many child migrants—some as young as seven, all of them traveling alone—make many years later riding on top of freight trains through Mexico on their quest to reunite with their mothers in the US. Nazario, who spent three months riding on top of these trains to tell the story of one child migrant named Enrique, shares her story in the context of determination.

Nazario will also discuss the role of determination in her own life as well as in the lives of the migrants she wrote about. Unlike many who speak on this topic, Nazario sees immigration as an issue with many shades of gray, with winners and losers. She discusses how traditional approaches to the issue of immigration—proposed by both the left and right—haven’t worked and offers novel solutions to one of America’s thorniest issues.

About the speaker:

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems, including hunger, drug addiction and immigration. She is best known for “Enrique’s Journey,” her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, “Enrique’s Journey” won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House that became a national bestseller and is now required reading at hundreds of high schools and colleges across the country.