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Jorge's Story

*Name has been changed to maintain anonymity*

The People and Things One Misses

Navigating a New World

Finding Strength and Motivation

Escuchen Nuestra Historia
"Listen to Our Story"
Excerpts from Interviews with Emerging Adults who Migrated to the United States as Unaccompanied Minors 


A Rutgers University IRB approved exploratory study conducted by DSW candidate Stephanie Cedeño, LCSW between December 2020 through February 2021, aimed to understand and learn more about the experiences of emerging adults (ages 18-21) who migrated to the United States as Unaccompanied Minors. A total of six respondents shared their migratory stories and recommendations on how schools can provide support to refugee and unaccompanied youth. 


Family Separation, Grief and Loss

"I felt bad because it was very difficult, because you live for so long with family, and then they are separated from you".                                          

                                        "Daniel", 19 years old, Honduras

First Experiences with School in the U.S.

"I remember those first days I was very emotional. I would wake up early and go to school. What I liked most was that on the first day of school they welcomed me. I remember this lady. From there, they introduced me to my classes and where to go because I would always get lost. The first days were difficult because I didn’t know anyone. It’s also a new system and the school is so big. I didn’t know what to do."


                                                                "Jairo", 20 years old, Guatemala

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