Enrique's Journey: Traumas Immigrant Children Bring to the Classroom

  • Presenter: Sonia Nazario, MA, University of California, Berkeley; Honorary Doctorate, Mount St. Mary’s College
  • Length: 60 minutes

Nearly all immigrant children have been separated from a parent in the process of coming to the U.S. The conditions that pushed them out of their home countries, and the modern-day odyssey many of these children go on to reach the United States, are just a few of the difficulties they encounter once they settle into the United States. Many of these students also face enormous conflicts with parents who have become strangers to them.

In this webinar, Nazario will show how critical it is to understand and address these traumas if immigrant children are to learn. She’ll also share the story of one boy, Enrique, whose mother leaves him in Honduras when he is just 5 years old to go work in the U.S. After not seeing his mother for 11 years, Enrique braves unimaginable hardship and sets off on his own to find her. Enrique's Journey is a timeless story of families torn apart and yearning to be together again, of determination, and of what so many students have gone through.

Session highlights:
  • What traumas immigrant children bring to the classroom
  • How to address and understand these traumas
  • Enrique’s incredible story
  • Nazario’s personal experience in Latin America
  • What can be done to help immigrant children learn

Sonia Nazario is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique's Journey, a national bestseller about immigrants that is among the most widely adopted books for common and freshman reads at colleges and high schools across the United States. The book, about a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother in the U.S., won three book awards and more than a dozen journalism awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award. Nazario has spent more than 20 years writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Nazario grew up in Kansas and in Argentina and has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the U.S. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among "40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years." She is now at work on her second book.