Human Rights in Mexico, Immigration and Two Borders, Nov. 1, 2017

 

Daniella Burgi-Palomino

“Human Rights in Mexico, Immigration and Two Borders.”

The Administration’s harsh anti-immigrant and anti-refugee policies have been made abundantly clear, and they represent a direct attack on our Latin American neighbors, both here and in their home countries. Militarizing the border, criminalizing asylum seekers, and severely restricting refugee admissions directly impacts border communities and migrants from Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Central America. The future longer-term impacts of deporting families and individuals from the United States to a region that is already struggling with poverty, violence, and impunity isn’t even being considered. At the same time, the Trump Administration’s policy toward the region is still in flux–what is clear is the lack of focus on human rights and the threat of a return to a counterproductive drug war strategy that could exacerbate the already existing situation of human rights violations and impunity in Mexico and Central America. Ms. Burgi-Palomino will explain the impacts of the Administration’s anti-immigrant and anti-refugee policies on migrants and refugees from Mexico and Central America, discuss the human rights crisis on the ground in these countries and illuminate the threats of U.S. foreign policies to the region.

Daniella Burgi-Palomino is the Senior Associate for Mexico, Border and Migration
Issues at the Latin American Working Group (LAWG) in Washington, D.C. She coordinates LAWG’s campaign to promote justice for Mexico and the borderlands. Through this campaign LAWG works with partners and activists to encourage Mexico to address impunity for human rights abuses and bring justice to victims, oppose border militarization at the U.S.-Mexico border and Mexico’s southern border, and build support for refugee protections. Daniella holds a Masters Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, where she focused on human security and
migration.

November 1, 7:00 pm
Downtown United Presbyterian Church,
121 North Fitzhugh Street,
Rochester, NY

The church is accessible to those with handicaps and looped for the hearing impaired.

Who Speaks for Nature? Indigenous Environmentalists against Extraction in Ecuador.

Presentation by Karleen West,
SUNY Geneseo

October 4, 7:00 pm
Downtown United Presbyterian Church,
121 North Fitzhugh Street,
Rochester, NY

The church is accessible to those with handicaps and looped for the hearing impaired.

Karleen West is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at SUNY Geneseo. She will discuss her latest research on the struggles of indigenous communities against international companies promoting natural resource extraction and giant megaprojects in Ecuador. Her research focuses on Latin American politics, and includes interests in ethnic politics, political parties, comparative institutions, and political behavior. She has published in several different journals.

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