'Enrique's Journey': How to fix immigration in a humane way

Enrique shortly before he begins his journey north from Honduras

Enrique (left) shortly before he begins his journey north from Honduras

'Enrique's Journey': How to fix immigration in a humane way

Sonia Nazario, David Leblang (moderator)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6:30PM - 8:00PM (EDT)
Event Details


*Note: This event is being held at The Haven at First and Market in Charlottesville

Join Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journeyfor a wide ranging and provocative exploration of the promise and perils of immigration. In conversation with Miller Center Faculty Senior Fellow David Leblang—who is also professor of politics in the College of Arts and Sciences and of public policy at the Batten School—Nazario will engage in a broader discussion of conditions in Central America, changes in U.S. immigration policies, and ways in which communities welcome immigrants and refugees.

Book signing and sale will follow.

This event is part of "Welcoming Week," an annual series of events in which communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. This discussion is cosponsored by UVA's Miller Center, Office of the President, College of Arts & Sciences, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, Democracy Initiative, the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, and Welcoming Greater Charlottesville. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6:30PM - 8:00PM (EDT)
The Haven at First and Market
112 West Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario

Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems—hunger, drug addiction, immigration—and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards.

She is best known for "Enrique's Journey," her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, "Enrique's Journey" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller.

Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights. She also was named a 2015 Champion of Children by First Focus and a 2015 Golden Door award winner by HIAS Pennsylvania. In 2016, the American Immigration Council gave her the American Heritage Award. Also in 2016, the Houston Peace & Justice Center honored her with their National Peacemaker Award.

Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40.” In 2018, she given the Spirit of HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) Award.

She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and later joined the Los Angeles Times. She is now at work on her second book.

David Leblang

David Leblang (moderator)

Leblang, the Randolph Compton Professor of International Affairs at the Miller Center, is the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics. He is also a professor of public policy at the University's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where he is director of the Global Policy Center. 

A scholar in the area of international political economy, he is currently working on two major projects. The first is a book-length study of the role that global migration plays in linking host and home countries and how these linkages help explain observed patterns of international investment, remittance flows, and the spread of democracy. The second project is related but focuses on the destination choices of refugees and illegal migrants. Prior to studying flows of migrants and refugees, Leblang's projects were in the area of global capital flows: the causes and consequences of exchange rate arrangements, capital controls, and currency crises. His work has been published in outlets such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political ScienceInternational OrganizationWorld Politics and Economics and Politics. He currently serves on the steering committee of the International Political Economy Society and is the editor of SSRN's International Political Economy Migration eJournal.