Articles by Sonia

Sonia’s Pulitzer Prize Essay – 2016
The Pulitzer Prizes recently celebrated their centennial. I was asked, as part of marking the celebration, to write about how winning the award changed me. Readers pushed me to suggest solutions to the problems I describe, and to show them how they can best bring positive change. Read my essay, which was included in a book handed out at the Pulitzer centennial dinner.

Recent articles


How to secure the border. Spoiler alert: A wall won’t do it

LA Times, April 23, 2017



These Are Children, Not Bad Hombres
NY Times, February 26, 2017

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No Longer The Most Violent Place on Earth
NY Times, August 11, 2016


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The Refugees at Our Door
NY Times, Oct. 11, 2015


The Children of the Drug Wars
NY Times, July 11, 2014


The Heartache of an Immigrant Family
NY Times, Oct. 14, 2013


Give Lawyers to Immigrant Children
NY Times, April 10, 2013

Enrique’s Journey | United Nations Chronicle

Recent speeches

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Award-winning newspaper series 






Click here to read Sonia’s two-part blog for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) about how storytelling can change entrenched views, even on the most polarizing issues.

Sonia Nazario’s latest opinion piece was featured in the LA Times on April 23, 2017. Sonia walks readers through the investments the U.S. can and should make not only to reduce unlawful migration, but get at the heart of why most people are now coming to the U.S. illegally. Drawing from her time researching what is pushing people out of central america, as well as U.S. funded violence prevention programs that are beginning to counteract that violence in places like San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Sonia shares her convictions as to how to best help, not only the citizens of this region, but U.S. taxpayers who need immigration policies that actually work to reduce the flow of migrants.

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