Hear My Voice/Escucha Mi Voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States
Every day, children in migration are detained at the US-Mexico border. They are scared, alone, and their lives are in limbo. Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz shares the stories of 61 these children, from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Mexico, ranging in age from five to seventeen—in their own words from actual sworn testimonies. Befitting the spirit of the project, the book is in English on one side; then flip it over, and there’s a complete Spanish version.
The book is illustrated by 17 Latinx artists, including Caldecott Medalist and multiple Pura Belpré Illustrator Award-winning Yuyi Morales and Pura Belpré Illustrator Award-winning Raὺl the Third. It was compiled by Prof. Warren Binford, with a foreword from Michael Garcia Bochenek of Human Rights Watch. It includes information, questions, and action points.
“In Spanish and in English, a devastating first-person account of children’s experiences in detention at the southern U.S. border…. A powerful, critical document only made more heartbreaking in picture-book form.” —Kirkus Reviews starred review
“The text unfolds simply but meaningfully—with the children’s own words, intertwined not as a single, broad narrative but in a harmonious array of voices, each with a unique story to tell… this is a heartrending but vital work.” —Publishers Weekly starred review