"Telling stories changes people, both the teller and the listener. Evan as undocumented youth put themselves at risk by going public about their lives, I believe that the telling of their stories has lessened their depression and their isolation, brought them untold numbers of allies and gained the attention of Congress, the media, the American public and the President.... Telling the truth about who you are can be both dangerous and liberating. It is one of the most fundamentally human of activities. It is moving and intimate to read these stories and the barriers that we imagine beween us fall way as we hear about these young people's lives in their own words." (pxii)
With Color illustrations by Julio Salgado, Edited by José Manuel, Cesar Pineda, Anne Galisky, Rebecca Shine
"This collection includes 30 stories by undocumented youth who range in age from 10 to 32. They were born in countries throughout the world and raised in the United States. The writers sent these stories to Graham Street Productions during the production of the documentary film Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth."
"Julio Salgado is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his visual art, which depicts key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act and migrant rights movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement."
Image and text from publisher website: https://grahamstreetproductions.squarespace.com/books