Family Separations at the Border: What Educators Need to Know

These classroom resources and booklists address the topic of family separations at the border and the situation of unaccompanied minors. We will add new resources as they become available. For related news updates, see our ELL news section.

Note: We have selected a range of resources providing useful information for schools and educators. While some of this material includes advocacy information, Colorín Colorado and our parent organization, public broadcasting station WETA-TV-FM, do not take political positions or participate in political advocacy. In addition, if your students or families are looking for legal advice, we strongly encourage you to collaborate with immigration attorneys or organizations who have the most updated information possible.


Classroom Resources: Family Separations at the Border

Study Guides & Classroom Activities

Tips for Talking with Kids

Related Booklists

Teaching Topics Related to Immigration & Civil Rights

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Information for Educators

Addressing Trauma

The Experiences of Migrant Children and Families

Unaccompanied Minors

Many of the children who are currently in detention centers arrived to this country as unaccompanied minors. Learn more about this unique population from our resource section, the book Enrique's Journey, and author and journalist Sonia Nazario.

Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother (Adapted for Young Adults)

By Sonia Nazario

In 2007, Los Angeles Times reporter Sonia Nazario published Enrique's Journey, a book based on her Pulitzer-Prize winning reports about a teenage boy's harrowing trip north to the U.S. from Honduras to find his mother, who had immigrated to the U.S. eleven years earlier. Sonia has now published a Young Adult version of the compelling and gritty book adapted for readers 12 and older.


Video Interview with Sonia Nazario, Author of Enrique's Journey

Unaccompanied children and youth

Enrique's Journey: The story behind the story