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Kino Border Initiative inspires student project
December 21, 2009

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 21, 2009) – Kristina Stevens shares her impressions of the Kino Border Initiative in words and music in a new video. Kristina, who just graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Journalism, visited the KBI in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico each Saturday from the end of September through November. Kristina worked with classmate Christopher Kelly to create a story for, a student-run publication based in the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

Kristina says that after her first visit to the Kino Border Initiative, "I was compelled to go back to get the stories of the people who were deported." She adds that she makes an effort to "remind people that this issue is NOT a political one, but that it involves the lives of so many people, particularly innocent children. ... I think that it's important that people remember that these are human lives at stake, not just policies that Republicans and Democrats battle about in Congress."

"The people I met there were wonderful – everyone who worked or volunteered there made the experience even more moving. I was very affected (not just) by the suffering of the people, but that they continued to have hope and good attitudes. It was really eye-opening, and I wish everyone could experience what I did. I will never forget my time in Mexico, nor the people who inspired me there," Kristina said.

The Kino Border Initiative is also featured in a photo essay by Nick Oza of The Arizona Republic, which can be seen here.

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