Journalist and social issues writer Sonia Nazario
will address students at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law
Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. in Reid Chapel. The public is invited free
of charge to the program, sponsored by Cumberland’s
Cordell Hull Speakers Forum.
Author of the best-selling Enrique’s Journey,
Nazario will discuss immigration issues as seen through the eyes of a
child. Each year, an estimated 48,000 children enter the U.S. from
Central America and Mexico illegally and without
Nazario’s 2003 account of a Honduran boy’s
struggle to find his mother in the U.S. won a Pulitzer Prize for feature
writing. Expanded into a book,
Enrique’s Journey became a national bestseller and won two book awards. It is required reading in many colleges and high schools.
Nazario has spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for
The Los Angeles Times. Her stories tackle such topics as hunger
and drug addiction, as well as immigration. She has been named among the
most influential Latinos by Hispanic business magazine and a
“trendsetter” by Hispanic magazine.
Prior to her talk, Alabama Appleseed advocacy
organization and Cordell Hull Speakers Forum will co-sponsor a panel
discussion on immigration at 4 p.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson
Hall law building. Panelists are victim witness specialist
Jacqueline Vickers of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Leslie Hillhouse of
Catholic Social Services’ multicultural resource center; and Shay
Farley, Alabama Appleseed legal director. Zayne Smith, immigration
policy fellow with Alabama Appleseed, will moderate.
The public is invited.
For more information, call (205) 726-2704.