Closing the Door — Cutting Off Avenues to Asylum & Migration: The Impact on Central America & Central American Immigrants

POSTPONED

Title Conditional: Closing the Door — Cutting Off Avenues to Asylum & Migration: The Impact on Central America & Central American Immigrants
Friday, March 13, 2020
Time: POSTPONED | CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Handprints of LGBTQ+ migrants who passed through an LGBTQ organization in Guatemala. (Photo by Lisa Haugaard.)
Handprints of LGBTQ+ migrants who passed through an LGBTQ organization in Guatemala. (Photo by Lisa Haugaard.)

Current immigration policies have stranded 60,000 women, children, and men in Mexico, and have deported asylum seekers from other countries into danger in Guatemala, and soon possibly to Honduras and El Salvador. However, violence, human rights violations, corruption, poverty, climate change, and other forces that drive migration continue unabated. The speakers will analyze the current humanitarian crisis and discuss possible solutions. 

Lisa Haugaard is the co-director of the Latin American Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates for just U.S. policies towards Latin America. 

Lariza Dugan Cuadra is the Executive Director of CARECEN SF, a Bay Area-based organization that empowers and responds to the needs, rights, and aspirations of Latino, immigrant, and under-resourced families in the Bay Area. 

Moderator:
Kelsey Alford-Jones is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley and former director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission.