Any view of the situation from a human rights standpoint would show these children are not migrants, they are refugees. They were persecuted and they’re coming here fleeing violence.
— Emily Abraham, Immigration Attorney
The New American Story Project [NASP] is a living archive of voices exploring the forces of migration and the lives of new Americans. NASP's current project, Welcome Children, focuses on Central American unaccompanied minors who fled to the U.S. in search of refuge. The project's multimedia constellation of stories connects firsthand immigrant testimonies to the insights of lawyers, activists, historians, artists, and others to illuminate the many aspects of this pressing human issue.
I wonder what have I done to deserve all of this. Why did they kill my father, who I always loved? Why did they try to kill me? — Vielma, 17, Guatemala, "Living Without Answers"
It’s a risk to leave home. You have to prepare yourself and be ready for whatever might happen on the road. The most dangerous part is crossing Mexico… — Miguel Angel, 17, Honduras, "Journey to the North"