WORD Presents Tracy White

06/21/2023 - 7:00pm

FREE EVENT! Limited Seating + Additional Standing Room; RSVP below

Masks appreciated!

*Please note event space is only accessible by stairs; we do not have an elevator.*


Step into a world of compelling stories and powerful discussion as we bring together Tracy White, author of "Unaccompanied: Brave Stories of Teenagers Seeking Asylum," Rae Ceretto, director of the impactful documentary "Seeking Asylum," and Alek Aleinkoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Sam Roberts of The New York Times will moderate.

Join us at WORD for an engaging panel that delves into the lives of unaccompanied refugee minors, exploring the intricate webs of immigration, migration, and the impact of borders on vulnerable youth. Together, we'll embark on a thought-provoking journey that highlights the profound influence of storytelling in shaping our world.

Tracy White, through her remarkable book, offers a unique perspective on the courageous stories of teenagers seeking asylum, giving voice to their strength, resilience, and the challenges they face on their journey. Drawing from firsthand experiences, Tracy will shed light on the complex realities that these young individuals encounter.

Rae Ceretto's documentary delves into the challenges faced by asylum seekers, highlighting why it is crucial to preserve the American Dream. Rae will highlight these obstacles. 

 Alek Aleinkoff, a leading authority on migration and mobility, brings his expertise to the panel, providing valuable insights into the broader context of refugee and migrant issues. With an extensive background in the field, Alek will explore the policies, legal frameworks, and societal implications surrounding the lives of unaccompanied refugee minors.

Sam Roberts, a respected journalist, will moderate the discussion, guiding us through an exploration of the intersection between narrative, migration, and social change. Sam will navigate the conversation, encouraging deep reflection and fostering a dialogue that empowers us to take action.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to engage with these knowledgeable people, as they inspire us to recognize the power of storytelling as a catalyst for meaningful change in our world. Together, let's explore the intricacies of human migration, challenge our perceptions, and embrace empathy and understanding.

We look forward to welcoming you to this evening of enlightenment, compassion, and the power of narratives to shape a better future.


About the Book

Life at home is so unbearable that these kids will risk their lives and face colossal challenges to escape to the United States and find safety.

This book tells the true stories of five brave teens fleeing their home countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guinea, on their own, traveling through unknown and unfriendly places, and ultimately crossing into the US to find refuge and seek asylum. Based on extensive interviews with teen refugees, lawyers, caseworkers, and activists, Tracy White shines a light on five individual kids from among the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who enter the US each year. In stark black and white illustrations, she helps us understand why some young people would literally risk their lives to seek safety in the US. Each one of them has been backed into a corner where emigration to the US seems like their only hope.

About the author:

Tracy White began publishing her comics for young adults online in 1996. Her autobiographical series TRACED was twice nominated for a best web comic Ignatz, and became a TV series for Oxygen. Her book How I Made it to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story was on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. She is currently teaching comics at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


In conversation with

Alek Aleinikoff is University Professor and Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School.  From 2010 to 2015, he was United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees.  He has held teaching positions at the University of Michigan Law School and Georgetown University Law Center, where he also served as Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University. Aleinikoff has published widely on immigration and refugee law and policy. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Yale Law School, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts of Sciences in 2014.


Sam Roberts has been a reporter, editor and columnist for The New York Times and, before that, The Daily News since 1968. He is the host of The Times' weekly television program on CUNY-TV and the author of a dozen books, including "The New Yorkers: 31 Remarkable People, 400 Years and the Untold Biography or the World's Greatest City" and "The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Atom Spy Case."


Rae Ceretto started her career as a photojournalist documenting refugees and women’s rights issues around the globe. At the age of 16 Rae completed her first documentary short film about the 1999 NATO bombings and death of former Yugoslavian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Rae developed a raw, unfiltered way of storytelling that benefited her documentary and commercial career. 

She graduated with honors from New York University and went on to collaborate with some of the biggest companies in the nonprofit, commercial, and entertainment world. In 2021 Rae was named one of SHOOT Magazine’s emerging directors. 'Seeking Asylum' is her first documentary feature film.


Interested in a signed copy but unable to attend the event?

Use the listing below to purchase a copy and leave us a note in the "Notes" field saying you'd like a signed one! We offer pick-up and shipping options. 


Unaccompanied: Stories of Brave Teenagers Seeking Asylum By Tracy White Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951491208
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Street Noise Books - June 20th, 2023

Life at home is so unbearable that these kids will risk their lives and face colossal challenges to escape to the United States and find safety.

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