A book that hopes to capture the beauty, strength, and resiliency of young immigrant children and their families, but most importantly to be a tool for healing, reflection, and praxis.
Based on the experiences and perspectives of immigrant children in Arizona.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Maldonado is a mother and human rights scholar activist in Arizona. She is the founder and executive director of The Institute for Border Crit Theory, whose mission is to foreground the voices and experiences of people of color living in the borderlands (through social justice education and pedagogy, borderland research, and the publication of counter-narratives of resistance). She holds a PhD in Education, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies. Dr. Maldonado’s parents brought her to the United States when she was just eight years old to provide her and her siblings with better educational opportunities. Her experiences as an immigrant child, inspired her to become an advocate for social justice and migrant rights. This book is dedicated to immigrant children and their families who find themselves in a state of liminality and uncertainty. Dr. Maldonado believes strongly that migration is a fundamental human right and all borders must be resisted. She is also part of an international network of children’s rights advocates, whose research focuses on preserving children’s participation rights in research and foregrounding the voices of young children. Her study documents the perspectives of children in Arizona, and the findings inspired her to write a book that hopes to capture the beauty, strength, and resiliency of young immigrant children and their families, but most importantly to be a tool for healing, reflection, and praxis.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Edward Dennis resides in Phoenix and is an Arizona native. He is a Children’s Book Illustrator and Artist, with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Teaching, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Arizona State University. At an early age Edward was always drawing and creating. As he grew older he learned to turn his art talents into much more. Years later, Edward would discover he wasn’t fulfilled with his artwork and wanted to do projects with his art that impacted people on a more personal level. As a Mexican-American himself, he knew some of the issues people from his culture and community faced. He did not know how to go about seeking change through his artwork until he was approached by Dr. Maldonado and read the script for “Donde Esta Papi?” Edward knew this was his opportunity to share stories with adults and children who are going through what some of his friends and he experienced while growing up in Arizona.