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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.

BIC Classifications

  • Biography & True Stories (B)
    • Memoirs (BM)
  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Prose: non-fiction (DN)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Social issues & processes (JFF)
        • Refugees & political asylum (JFFD)
        • Social discrimination & inequality (JFFJ)
        • Migration, immigration & emigration (JFFN)
      • Social groups (JFS)
        • Age groups (JFSP)
          • Age groups: children (JFSP1)
    • Social services & welfare, criminology (JK)
      • Social welfare & social services (JKS)
    • Psychology (JM)
      • Child & developmental psychology (JMC)

BISAC Classifications

  • Psychology (PSY)
    • PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child (PSY004000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration (SOC007000)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations (SOC031000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Biography & non-fiction prose (DN)
      • Memoirs (DNC)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Social & ethical issues (JBF)
        • Social discrimination & equal treatment (JBFA)
        • Refugees & political asylum (JBFG)
        • Migration, immigration & emigration (JBFH)
      • Social groups (JBS)
        • Age groups (JBSP)
          • Age groups: children (JBSP1)
    • Social services & welfare, criminology (JK)
      • Social welfare & social services (JKS)
    • Psychology (JM)
      • Child, developmental & lifespan psychology (JMC)