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Serving Refugee Children

Listening to Stories of Detention in the USA

Edited By Montse Feu and Amanda Venta

Serving Refugee Children shows the struggles and traumatic experiences that unaccompanied and undocumented children undergo they seek safety in the United States and instead find imprisonment, separation from their families, and immigration enforcement raids. Current legislation and bureaucracy limit publication of first-person narratives from unaccompanied and undocumented children, but service providers and grassroots activists authoring the pieces in this collection bear witness to the children’s brave human spirits in their search for safety in the United States. Through the power of storytelling, Serving Refugee Children exposes the many hardships unaccompanied and undocumented children endure, including current detention center conditions. No child should have to live the persecution suffered by children featured in these stories, nor should they have to embark upon perilous journeys across Latin America or be subjected to the difficult immigration court process unaided. Researchers and readers who believe that the emotional bonding of storytelling can humanize discussions and lead to immigration policies that foster a culture of engagement and interconnectedness will be interested in this volume.

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Editors thank scholars and writers for their feedback in the drafts of this anthology: Chris Castañeda, Amelia Cotter, Donna R. Gabaccia, M. Miranda Maloney, Annelise Orleck, April Shemak, as well as the blind reviewers. They provided invaluable critical improvements to the collection. Editors also would like to thank Raquel Chiquillo, Wendy Herrera, Cristina Nava Wilson, and Jenny Patlan for assisting us in the revision of Spanish variations. Montse Feu also thanks students in her Spanish and Honors classes that discussed some of the stories of this collection.

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