Pulitzer winner Sonia Nazario will speak Sunday night at CAMP

By Nancy Day, JAWS board member

Sonia Nazario, whose book “Enrique’s Journey” is now used in classrooms across the country, has been added to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2014 program.

Nazario first reported on children who make the perilous journey from Honduras to the United States for her six-part series in the Los Angeles Times, which won the 2003 Pulitzer for feature writing. Earlier this year, she re-reported the story, traveling on top of freight trains with boys as young as seven to discover firsthand what is happening now. The drug cartels, squeezed out of Colombia with massive U.S. aid, have moved inland, threatening and ensnaring children and teens.

“These children are fleeing for their lives,” she told Jon Stewart in a serious conversation on his July 29 show.

Nazario wrote in more detail about what she found in a Sunday New York Times piece and also testified before Congress last summer.

Enrique’s Journey,” first published in 2006, has been updated. She will sign copies at Saturday’s Books, Browse and Booze.

This is Sonia’s first JAWS CAMP, so please welcome her Friday night and plan to stay through Sunday dinner.