Papers: Stories by Undocumented Youth

30 stories by undocumented youth

Color illustrations by Julio Salgado

Edited by José Manuel, Cesar Pineda, Anne Galisky, Rebecca Shine

Published by Graham Street Productions


This collection includes 30 stories by undocumented youth who range in age from 10 to 32. They were born in countries throughout the world and raised in the United States. The writers sent these stories to Graham Street Productions during the production of the documentary film Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth.

What people are saying about Papers: Stories by Undocumented Youth:

"Some of our parents crossed the border without authorization, some of us came here legally and overstayed visas, some of us were escaping persecution while some came seeking more prosperity. We are from all over the world. But somewhere in all our stories, there is a common thread: there is an act of love."
– Prerna Lal, Undocumented and Unafraid

"Undocumented youth have been the leaders of a cultural transformation that has swept the country, making huge gains for the immigrant rights movement. Unapologetic and unafraid, they are writing their own history and establishing new rules in the game."
– Favianna Rodriguez, artist and co-editor of Reproduce & Revolt

"In the dawn of the 21st century, undocumented youth are a living testament to what is enduring about the American spirit."
– Jose Antonio Vargas, award-winning journalist and founder of Define American


Read about "Papers the Book" in Colorlines: Undocumented Youth Tell Their Own Stories in New Book

About the Illustrator

Julio Salgado

Julio Salgado is the co-founder of His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his visual art, which depicts key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act and migrant rights movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement.

His work has been praised by OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano, KPCC-FM 89.3’s Multi-American blog and the influential journal ColorLines. In July 2012, Salgado and other undocumented activists joined Jose A. Vargas on the cover of Time Magazine. Salgado graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in journalism. To see more of his artwork and other collaborations, you can go to

To purchase artwork by Julio Salgado, you can go to