On the Road to Arivaca: A Prose Reflection on a Meeting

  • Larry Ortiz Loma Linda University


This prose is an account of desert meeting between a social work professor volunteering as a human rights worker and an unauthorized traveler trying to reach his home in California. Framing the prose is an overview to the organizational and geographic setting, followed by a discussion on the social context noting the similarities and difference between the primary actors attributed to their respective social locations. The poem is followed by a discussion on “where are we now” discussion and concludes with a reflection.

Author Biography

Larry Ortiz, Loma Linda University

Professor of Social Work

Director, PhD Program in Soical Plicy and Social Research