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(Refugee) Children's Stories: Untold Truths from the San Fernando Valley Refugee Children Center

  • Author(s): UCLA English 119SL: Refugee Literature Then and Now, Spring 2019
  • The San Fernando Valley Refugee Children Center, North Hills California
  • Editor(s): Weaver, Erica
  • et al.
Abstract

This volume was produced in collaboration with the San Fernando Valley Refugee Children Center, an organization committed to supporting unaccompanied minors who are seeking asylum after making the dangerous journey from Central America to the United States. Looking across the U.S. southern border, this book draws together vivid first-person accounts from children at the SFVRCC with current research and testimonials from immigration attorneys, trauma therapists, and case workers to form a kind of children’s book for adults–that is, for the children to narrate and for adults to listen to. This collaborative book thus challenges the current discourse surrounding refugee experience and immigration policy by documenting and sharing the untold stories of the families involved. Together with our partners at the SFVRCC, we hope to educate and mobilize readers by providing a more holistic understanding of the refugee experience through the voices of those who have been excluded from the very discussions and structures that shape their lives.

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