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The day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as the United States’ 45th president, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flood in from around the country to march through the nation’s capital. The mission of the Women’s March includes advocating for human rights and pushing back against bigotry toward immigrants, Muslims and people of color. 

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There’s been a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of terrorist attacks in the U.S. and Europe. And the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the number of hate groups in the U.S. increased by 14 percent in 2015.

Local human rights activist Samia Assed says it’s a pivotal time in American history for defining who we are as a nation.

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The Los Angeles Times told the story in 2002 of Enrique, a 17-year-old boy from Honduras who made the treacherous trip across Mexico to reach his mother in the United States.

What inspired me most in the Pulitzer Prize-winning series Enrique’s Journey was the teen’s tenacity in the face of life-threatening danger.