CBE presents "The Book of Rosy," with Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo

July 28, 2020, 7:30 PM

Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo join us to present "The Book of Rosy," co-hosted by Congregation Beth Elohim. This program will take place on Zoom. Register here:

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In The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border, Rosy and Julie Schwietert Collazo, founder of Immigrant Families Together, tell Rosy’s story, exposing the cruel conditions of the detention facilities, the unbearable anxiety of having her children ripped away, and the faith and love that helped her through the darkest time. This searing tale of the human lives behind the immigration crisis is written by two remarkable mothers—a Central American woman whose children were taken from her by the United States government at the southern border, and the American who helped reunite the family—and offers a timely and urgent look at a migrant experience, family separation and reunification, and the power of individuals banding together to overcome even the cruelest and most unjust circumstances. “This is what it’s going to take,” Schwietert Collazo says: “A critical mass of us willing to do both little and big things to push back against zero tolerance.”

An unflinching look at the human cost of inhumane policies, and the unbreakable bonds of family, faith, and community, The Book of Rosy offers a much-needed glimpse into the human side of a polarizing issue that continues to grip our nation’s politics.

ROSAYRA PABLO CRUZ is the mother of four children. She owned a small clothing store in Guatemala before coming to the U.S. Now living in New York, she is the co-president of her oldest son's Parent Teacher Association and is active in her church and community. She has applied for asylum for her and her sons and is in the middle of legal proceedings.

JULIE SCHWIETERT COLLAZO, co-founder and director of Immigrant Families Together, is a bilingual (English-Spanish) writer, editor, and translator, and a former creative arts therapist. She has co-written and edited a book about Pope Francis, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and is a bestseller in Italy. Her work has appeared in a number of media outlets, including Outside, Scientific American, Discover, Latina, The Guardian, and Time, and she has contributed to several books. She lives in New York City.