The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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Issue #137 (Summer 2019) issue cover
Leaving Home
The Immigration Issue

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Erica thinks that Ms. Huriyah is just another staff who will punish and not listen. But then she helps Erica stop AWOLing and encourages her to "keep pushing forward." (full text)

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More unaccompanied minors than ever before are coming to the United States from other countries. Many end up in foster care, and this issue features their stories. (full text)

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Zachary introduces the immigration issue with a look at the illegal and immoral immigration policies of the Trump Administration--and how they violate international standards. (full text)

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Esther has to flee political violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo after her parents are killed. She travels across many countries to the U.S., where she finds refuge. (full text)

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Kaylee has worked with refugees for 12 years, helping connect them to families who can help them. Then she hears about Esther and decides to be her foster mom. (full text)

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JCCA's unaccompanied minors program gives asylum-seeking youth stability and care. Staff Dalia Johnson and Emmie Surinach share how they prepare young immigrants for life in the U.S. (full text)

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The writer makes wise decisions on his perilous journey crossing borders, deserts, and rivers to reunite with his parents in New York City. (full text)

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Juan goes to work at age 14 in Guatemala, but he can't make enough to support his family. He immigrates to the U.S. and ends up in foster care. (full text)

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The author, who has a son, doesn't learn until she's 19 that she doesn't have a green card. She scrambles to get that before she ages out. (full text)

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The author attends an International high school after immigrating from El Salvador. He speaks little English, but slowly makes friends from all over the world. (full text)

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A lawyer from Lawyers for Children explains what rights undocumented foster children have and different visas and other paths to citizenship for immigrant youth in care. (full text)

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The author immigrated from Africa and ended up in foster care. She learns English and the subway system and gets a job as a (compassionate) home health aide. (full text)

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Three therapists who have worked with recent immigrants write about what their clients have been through and what therapeutic approaches help them adjust to their new lives. (full text)

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The author, born biologically male, never doubts that she's truly female. She travels from Mexico to New York and from bullied boy to confident woman. (full text)

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Resources for immigrants to get help and volunteer opportunities to help immigrants (full text)

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Fair Futures is a coalition of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and child welfare agencies in New York City. The group got the city to spend $10 million on educational coaches for NYC foster youth. (full text)
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