When Rosayra Pablo Cruz left Guatemala to seek asylum in the U.S. with two of her children, Fernando (age 5) and Yordy (age 15), she knew the journey would be incredibly difficult, dangerous, and potentially life-threatening.

But turbulent violence had made life untenable, so Rosy made the wrenching decision to cross the border into the U.S. with her sons. After surviving a perilous journey that left them dehydrated, starved, and exhausted, Rosy, Fernando, and Yordy crossed into Arizona, together.

Almost immediately, Rosy and her children were forcibly separated by government officials under the dictate of a “zero tolerance” policy. In The Book of Rosy, Rosy, along with her co-author Julie Schwietert Collazo, who founded Immigrant Families Together, a passionate group of activists who helped reunite mothers with their children, offers the first book-length account of the devastating trauma of family separation.

Rosy describes the cruel conditions of the detention facilities, the unbearable anxiety of being ripped away from her children, and the faith and love that helped her get through the darkest time. The Book of Rosy is an unflinching look at the human cost of inhumane policies, and the unbreakable bonds of family, faith, and community, offering a much-needed glimpse into the human side of a polarizing issue that has gripped our nation’s politics.

Book published:

The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border2020