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

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.

500 Years, POV movie about Guatemala

500 Years, the much anticipated third film from Director Pamela Yates, continues the epic saga of indigenous resistance in Guatemala that began with When the Mountains Tremble (1983), followed by Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011; POV 2012). All three films will have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival over a 33-year period.

From a historic genocide trial to the ousting of a president, mounting resistance played out in Guatemala’s recent history, through the actions 500 Years tells a sweeping story of and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to re-imagine their society.

In 500 Years, the Mayans lead Guatemala to a historical tipping point, from the genocide trial of former dictator General Rios Montt to the citizens’ uprising that toppled President Otto Pérez Molina. While indigenous peoples of Guatemala are no strangers to oppression, change finally seems possible with these recent popular movements

500 Years also introduces the music of up-and-coming Mayan singer/songwriter Sara Curruchich, who sings Ralk’wa’l ulew (Children of the Land in Mayan language Kaqchikel) at the close of the film.

As witness to this heroic moment in Guatemalan history, 500 Years documents the beginning of the end of a culture of impunity and a society ready for change. Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 Years resonates throughout the Americas, from Canada to Tierra del Fuego.

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