Undocumented Youth Tell Their Own Stories in New Book

Dec 11, 2012

A new book titled "Papers: Stories by Undocumented Youth" tells the stories of young undocumented immigrants who range in age from 10 to 32 and come from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Korea, Mexico, Indonesia and England. The book includes 30 stories by undocumented young people from around the United States and is illustrated with color drawings by undocumented artist Julio Salgado. The stories were sent to Graham Street Productions during the production and distribution of the documentary film "Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth." "We hope that this book, written by undocumented youth themselves, will bring to life the human story often ignored by the media and politicians in our polarized country. By telling their own stories in their own words, these young people are helping to elevate the discussion about the complexities of immigration and what it means to be undocumented," said Anne Galisky, who directed the "Papers" film. For Salgado–[who we’ve featured on Colorlines.com before](http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/06/undocumented_apparel.html)–the story is more personal. Salgado wants young undocumented youth to see themselves in books. "Hopefully [the book] inspires them to know it’s not the end of the world to be undocumented," he told Colorlines.com. For more information on how to purchase the book visit [PapersTheMovie.com](http://www.papersthemovie.com/the_book/index.html).