Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist, author and prominent advocate/activist who has drawn widespread attention to such critical social issues as immigration, racial discrimination, hunger and drug addiction, as well as U.S. foreign policy.
A reporter for more than 20 years, she is best known for “Enrique’s Journey,” her series of reports for The Los Angeles Times following a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the United States. It earned the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and the George Polk Award for International Reporting. In book form, it later became a national bestseller.
Nazario’s coverage for The New York Times of the detention of unaccompanied immigrant children at the Honduran border in 2014 garnered global attention and led to her addressing the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
She served on many boards, including the board of Kids In Need of Defense, a nonprofit launched by Microsoft and Angelina Jolie to provide pro-bono attorneys to unaccompanied immigrant children.