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Nov242014

My work with Unaccompanied Minors Featured in NY Times & PBS Newshour

I began covering issues of child migration to the U.S. exactly two years ago, in the Fall of 2012, for VQR. (My resulting piece, First the Fence, Then the System, was published in the Spring of 2013.) In addition to my work as a journalist, I work at Oakland International High School, a school for immigrant youth in Oakland, California. As I wrote in a followup piece for VQR last June, "Though we’ve had a few unaccompanied minors at our school over the years, there were never all that many—that is, until last year, when kids from ages fourteen to barely eighteen, hailing from Central America via shelters in Harlingen and Phoenix and San Antonio, began enrolling by the dozens. With the unaccompanied minor population nearly doubling each year since 2011, these kids were bound to show up at our door."

OIHS is a school made up of impassioned educators and remarkable students--and I'm very proud to work among them. And we were thrilled when the incomparable Jennifer Medina of the NY Times published an article profiling the experiences of unaccompanied minors at our school, during a time when other schools across the country were turning these students away. I'm quoted in this article and in its accompanying video.

Most recently our school was featured on the PBS Newshour, in which I'm also quoted alongside several of our inspiring students (like Carlos, who wrote this opinion piece about Obama's Executive Action on immigration).  I was asked to write a piece about OIHS' work supporting unaccompanied minors for the PBS Newshour's Education Blog. Here it is

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