Book Talk: Solito, Solita

Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America
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The editors and two narrators of Solito, Solita will discuss this powerfbook coverul new book from Voice of Witness: Amplyfying Unheard Voices and Haymarket Books, moderated by Kitzia Esteva-Martinez, Community Rights Co-director at Causa Justa: Just Cause. Solito, Solita (Alone, Alone) is an urgent collection of oral histories telling—in their own words—the story of young refugees fleeing countries in Central America and traveling for hundreds of miles to seek safety and protection in the United States. Solito, Solita is a project of The Voice of Witness book series.


Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Gabriel Méndez is a student at UC Berkeley who is triple-majoring in social welfare, public policy, and Spanish. He aspires to defend the rights of young people in the future. When he is not studying, or working at San Francisco International High School, his alma mater, he is doing activist work with Causa Justa and other organizations.

Soledad Castillo was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in liberal studies and a minor in criminal justice, and is applying for her master’s in social work. She currently works for an organization called One Family, which helps inmates connect with family members in San Francisco, and volunteers with First Place for Youth, a nonprofit organization that helps foster youth, motivating youth to continue their education.

The Voice of Witness book series is a humanizing, literary approach to oral history, which aims to illuminate the stories of people impacted by injustice in the U.S. and globally.

This is an immigrant services program at SFPL. Topics include basic information on how to settle in the United States, how to learn or improve English, how to become a citizen, and more! The views and opinions expressed in programs presented by groups unaffiliated with SFPL do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SFPL or the City.

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