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]

Updates

small OPED Photo_Page_1 Sonia Nazario’s latest opinion piece was featured on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review 8/14/16. It’s good news! The piece shows how US violence prevention and intervention programs are helping Honduras, the country Enrique came from, reduce homicides. These programs have helped Honduras but also the U.S. by reducing the number of children fleeing these neighborhoods to migrate north.
Instead of the usual programs the U.S. funds, which focus on suppression, we should replicate these programs elsewhere in central america. If you are moved by the story of Pastor Daniel Pacheco, who puts himself in the line of fire to bring peace to the neighborhood I write about, please donate whatever you can HERE : https://www.gofundme.com/2hfvbuk

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Sonia Nazario speaks at universities, conferences, high schools, and other events. Email her at: sonia.l.nazario@gmail.com.

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