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    The Unlikelihood of Family

    A Photographic Essay on Transnational Experiences

    CRISTINA LLERENA NAVARRO
    In this photo essay, Cristina Llerena Navarro captures moments in the everyday lives of mixed-status families. Through her narrative and images, Llerena shares the stories of these families, their journeys to the United States as well as the consequences of deportation on the family unity. She evokes the children’s deep yearning to be reunited with their families on American soil, the parents’ determination to provide their children with lives better than their own, and the realities of current immigration policy in preventing the fulfillment of these dreams.

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    Cristina Llerena Navarro is a social documentary photographer born in Mexico currently residing in Boston. Her work is centered on themes of community and family. She is currently focusing on the long-term project “The Unlikelihood of Family,” which explores the struggles of transnational families in the Boston area. Her work has been exhibited at Centro Cultural “El Nigromante” in San Miguel, Mexico, the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston, among others. In 2014, she received a grant from the Documentary Project Fund to further develop her ongoing work on immigration issues. Since 2007, she has produced and coordinated photographic workshops in Mexico and internationally, most recently for photographer Mary Ellen Mark. As a teaching artist working in urban schools in the Boston area, her philosophy is centered on visual literacy and community engagement. 
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    Fall 2015 Issue

    Abstracts

    “Diles la verdad”
    Deportation Policies, Politicized Funds of Knowledge, and Schooling in Middle Childhood
    SARAH GALLO AND HOLLY LINK
    “My Student Was Apprehended by Immigration”
    A Civics Teacher’s Breach of Silence in a Mixed-Citizenship Classroom
    DAFNEY BLANCA DABACH
    The Art of Unlearning
    CLINT SMITH
    On the Grammar of Silence
    The Structure of My Undocumented Immigrant Writer’s Block
    ALBERTO LEDESMA
    Undocumented Undergraduates on College Campuses
    Understanding Their Challenges and Assets and What It Takes to Make an Undocufriendly Campus
    CAROLA SUÁREZ-OROZCO, DALAL KATSIAFICAS, OLIVIA BIRCHALL, CYNTHIA M. ALCANTAR, EDWIN HERNANDEZ, YULIANA GARCIA, MINAS MICHIKYAN, JANET CERDA, ROBERT T. TERANISHI
    UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program
    Holistic Strategies for Undocumented Student Equitable Success Across Higher Education
    RUBEN ELIAS CANEDO SANCHEZ AND MENG L. SO
    Undocumented Status and Schooling for Newcomer Teens
    ELAINE C. ALLARD
    Editor's Review
    STEPHANY CUEVAS
    Afterword
    Imagined Futures
    ROBERTO G. GONZALES
    Foreword
    Human Rights for Undocumented Students and Their Families
    MARY C. WATERS
    Editors' Introduction
    Dissolving Boundaries: Understanding Undocumented Students’ Educational Experiences
    Untangling Plyler’s Legacy
    Undocumented Students, Schools, and Citizenship
    ROBERTO G. GONZALES, LUISA L. HEREDIA, GENEVIEVE NEGRÓN-GONZALES
    The Unlikelihood of Family
    A Photographic Essay on Transnational Experiences
    CRISTINA LLERENA NAVARRO

    Book Notes

    Everyday Illegal
    Joanna Dreby