Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

The Latest Interviews and Announcements

January 2014


Enrique's Journey for young adults honored


Enrique's Journey adapted for young adults was picked for the 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People [sponsored by the Children's Book Council and the National Council for the Social Studies].


December 2013


Urging the U.S. to Provide Immigrant Children with Representation


Here is a great piece that aired on Fusion TV yesterday in which I call on the U.S. to provide government-funded attorneys so that no immigrant child faces going to court alone.


December 2013


Enrique's Journey a Top Teen Non-Fiction Novel


Exciting news: Kirkus, among the nation’s most prominent book review magazines, just named Enrique’s Journey adapted for young adults one of its top teen non-fiction books. Only three other titles were selected.


November 2013


Touring Georgia


Sonia Nazario spoke at various places in Atlanta, GA recently, including Emory University. She had a great time meeting and talking with students while there.


Sonia Nazario poses with Emory University Journalism and Latino American Assn. students


Sonia Nazario at the CNN World Headquarters


Sonia Nazario signs books for students at Norcross High School


November 2013


Kids Risk It All to Find Moms in U.S.


Helena Oliviero recently interviewed Sonia Nazario for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.



October 2013


Enrique's Journey was featured on the New York Times' learning blog Text to Text, a resource for teachers who want to compare literary works with other similarly themed content.


October 2013


My Take on Immigration in the New York Times

Why do we keep trying the same three approaches when it comes to unlawful migration? In this op-ed, I suggest a better way.



October 2013


Teaching Guide Geared To New Common Core Teaching Standards Issued forYoung Adult Version of Enrique's Journey


Random House has issued this wonderful teaching guide, with discussion questions and activities, geared to helping teachers use Enrique's Journey in conjunction with the nation's new Common Core Standards for teaching. The book, completely revised to be used in the seventh grade on up in middle school and with reluctant readers in high school, was published Aug. 27, 2013. It will be issued in Spanish next year.


October 2013


Why the United Nations Should View Migration More as an International Development Issue


In June I addressed the United Nations and spoke about the shift that is needed in our approach toward migration issues. The UN Chronicle has just published a piece I wrote that explains what these issues are and how they affect migrants coming to the U.S.


Read the UN Chronicle piece by Sonia Nazario (pdf)


The UN will meet October 3 & 4 in a high level meeting to discuss how to better address global migration.  


September 2013


Eleven Cities Have Adopted Enrique's Journey As a Community Read!


The list grows longer: Watsonville, California chooses Enrique's Journey as its 2013-2014 On The Same Page read.So far, eleven cities, from Denver to San Diego, have adopted the book as their community read.


August 2013


Listen to Sonia Nazario on KPCC's Take Two, where she discusses a recent train derailment in Mexico and talks about the dangers migrants face traveling on top of trains to get to the U.S.


August 2013


Another One City Read: Davis, California picks Enrique's Journey as its 2013 Davis Reads.


July 2013


Enrique’s Journey for young people, to be released next month, has received a coveted starred review from Kirkus Reviews. The review says my narrative “Provides a human face, both beautiful and scarred, for the undocumented—a must-read.” Readers, it says, will not want to miss the updated Epilogue, which “allows readers who are moved by Enrique to follow the family’s tragedies and triumphs since the book’s original publication; the journey does not end upon reaching the United States.” The new edition is for middle schoolers and reluctant readers.


Read the review on the Kirkus Reviews website



June 2013

Sonia Nazario addressed the United Nations at its Panel Discussion on International Migration and Development on June 25th. She spoke about how to better manage global migration. The meeting was designed to prepare UN delegates for a session in October where the UN hopes to make immigration policy decisions.


Watch Sonia Nazario speak to the United Nations General Assembly (speech starts at 8:40, Nazario appears at 23:50)


Photo by David Ebershoff           


UN Photo/Rick Bajornas            



UN video           


April 2013

Sonia Nazario giving the keynote speech on April 26, 2013 at Harvard University's "Crossing Borders: Immigration and Gender in the Americas" conference.


Watch Sonia Nazario's keynote speech starting at 11:55




Sonia Nazario had an Op-Ed published in the New York Times addressing the critical need for greater legal representation for immigrant children who come to the United States alone.



Victoria Kennedy introduces Sonia Nazario as keynote speaker for the April 2013 Gala Dinner for KIND



Steve Zak/KIND                


Sonia and KIND ring the NASDAQ closing bell in New York's Time Square




February 2013

Randomhouse has released the cover for the young adult version of Enrique's Journey. Publication date: August 27, 2013!





September 2012

Denver picks Enrique's Journey for the 2012 One Book One Denver Read.

Here is Eric Altman's public service announcement teasing Denverites to read Enrique's Journey


August 2012

Sonia on NPR's Talk of the Nation about the success of Enrique's Journey as a common read.

July 2012

Sonia named one of 40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years.