This book is a strong challenge to the way the United States and Europe treat unaccompanied migrant children today. Drawing on the experience of the children themselves, it provides careful social analysis of the sources of their mistreatment and issues a ringing call to change the direction of migration policy. The ethical arguments in this book are both compelling and urgently needed.
This is a powerful, moving, and motivating book. From Javier Zamora’s gripping and gut-wrenching poem; through the social scientists who immerse themselves and us in migrant children’s realities; the service providers who capture our own feelings of pain and powerlessness; the theologians who envision a more generous, just and faithful embrace of the vulnerable and tenacious young—we are reminded just how merciless and unrelenting our national policies can be. The take-away: Neither turn away nor despair. Register the gravity of this suffering inflicted on children. Make space for the compassion that nurtures solidarity and justice. Take action.