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Meet Wildin Acosta

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Wildin Acosta was 17-years-old when he came to North Carolina. He enrolled at Riverside High School in Durham and was a well-loved student. Last January he was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, and his case galvanized the local community. 

While Acosta sat in a detention center in Georgia awaiting deportation to his native Honduras, activists, teachers and students raised money and brought political pressure to bear on his case. He returned to Durham in early August and was warmly welcomed back by his family and friends. Acosta is now seeking asylum, and he is back in school while he awaits a review of his request. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Wildin Acosta about his life in Honduras, the incidents that brought him to the United States, and his time in the local and national media spotlight

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.