Enrique

Enrique at his kindergarten graduation.

Enrique at his kindergarten graduation.

Enrique shortly before he begins his journey north.

Enrique shortly before he begins his journey north.

LUIS ENRIQUE FROM BELKY'S FACEBOOK

A young Enrique as a student in Honduras.

Enrique paints a new home in North Carolina in 2003.[Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique paints a new home in North Carolina in 2003.[Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique finishes a day of painting houses in North Carolina.[Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique finishes a day of painting houses in North Carolina.[Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique and Lourdes in their home in North Carolina, 2003.[Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique and Lourdes in their home in North Carolina, 2003.[Credit: Sonia Nazario]

On September 11, 2006, Enrique and Lourdes appeared on one of Spanish television's top rated shows, Don Francisco Presenta, before a live audience. Lourdes told Don Francisco that with her son now by her side, what she missed desperately was her daughter. She hadn't seen Belky for seventeen years, since she was a little girl. Unbeknownst to Lourdes or Enrique, Don Francisco had obtained a visa for Belky to come to the U.S. for a surprise reunion on the show. Lourdes shrieked with joy when she saw her daughter. "Hija, te vinistes. Daughter, you're here." Pictured from left to right: Lourdes, Don Francisco, Belky, and Enrique. [Credit: Sonia Nazario]

On September 11, 2006, Enrique and Lourdes appeared on one of Spanish television’s top rated shows, Don Francisco Presenta, before a live audience. Lourdes told Don Francisco that with her son now by her side, what she missed desperately was her daughter. She hadn’t seen Belky for seventeen years, since she was a little girl. Unbeknownst to Lourdes or Enrique, Don Francisco had obtained a visa for Belky to come to the U.S. for a surprise reunion on the show. Lourdes shrieked with joy when she saw her daughter. “Hija, te vinistes. Daughter, you’re here.” Pictured from left to right: Lourdes, Don Francisco, Belky, and Enrique. [Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique and sister Diana share a hug, 2003. [Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique and sister Diana share a hug, 2003. [Credit: Sonia Nazario]

 

Enrique's mother Lourdes dotes on Enrique's son, Daniel Enrique. She gives his son the love she could not give Enrique when he was growing up in Honduras. [Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique’s mother Lourdes dotes on Enrique’s son, Daniel Enrique. She gives his son the love she could not give Enrique when he was growing up in Honduras. [Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique holds his nearly nine month old son, Daniel Enrique

Enrique holds his nearly nine month old son, Daniel Enrique, for the first time in March 2013 after being released from jail. Enrique had been held for fourteen months in a Florida jail while he fought his deportation order. The jail only allowed Enrique to view visitors through a video screen, not in person. During visits by his family to the jail, Enrique’s arms ached to hold his son. [Family photos]

Enrique and Sonia Nazario in 2013 at the Baker County Detention Center in Florida where Enrique was being held. [Credit: Sonia Nazario]

Enrique and Sonia Nazario in 2013 at the Baker County Detention Center in Florida where Enrique was being held. [Credit: Sonia Nazario]


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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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