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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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Montse Feu is an associate professor of Hispanic Studies at Sam Houston State University. She migrated to the USA in 2005 and is a first-generation scholar. She recovers the literary history of the Spanish Civil War exile in the United States, U.S., Hispanic periodicals, and migration literature at large. She has published 10 chapters and 10 articles in peer-reviewed publications. Feu is the author of Correspondencia personal y política de un anarcosindicalista exiliado: Jesús González Malo (1943–1965) (Universidad de Cantabria, 2016) and Fighting Fascist Spain, (University of Illinois Press, 2020). She is co-editor of Writing Revolution: Hispanic Anarchism in the United States (University of Illinois Press, 2019). She is the director of the Recovery Digital project Fighting Fascist Spain – The Exhibits. Feu is board member for the Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage and treasurer for the Research Society for American Periodicals.


Postal Address: 7 Moonseed Place, The Woodlands Texas, 77381, USA.

Amanda Venta, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. Her research focuses on attachment between parents and children and how the quality of these attachments relates to mental health and well-being at biological and behavioral levels. Her interest in attachment disruptions spurred her focus on Central American immigration, ←215 | 216→a context in which families are often separated for long periods of time. She is a first generation American herself and has provided psychological services to...

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