Dangerous Journeys: How US-sponsored border militarization in Central America is fueling a human rights crisis
Despite its own role in creating the crisis that is currently displacing Central Americans, the US government is now trying to physically stop them from seeking safety elsewhere. Since 2014, the Mexico-Guatemala border has become heavily militarized with funding and training from the United States, exacerbating the human rights crisis for migrants and refugees.
Now, Congress is requiring that Central American countries militarize their own national borders in order to access development funds, an unconscionable demand that will have devastating results.
Professor Moisés Gómez of the University of Central America and the Jesuit Migration Network El Salvador will be crisscrossing the US this spring to share his research and analysis on:
• The root causes of migration and forced displacement
• The impact of US-sponsored border militarization in the region
• How people in the US can join the fight to defend the lives and rights of Central America migrants
Event Co-Sponsored by: CARECEN-LA, CLUE, FMLN—LA, Human Rights Alliance, NASP, RENASE, and Witness for Peace
Caminos Peligrosos: Cómo la militarización fronteriza impulsada por los EEUU en Centroamérica está provocando una crisis humanitaria
Durante décadas, el gobierno estadounidense ha impuesto políticas económicas y militares en México y Centroamérica que han resultado en desplazamiento masivo y separación familiar. En lugar de cambiar sus políticas o ayudar a las víctimas, los EEUU tiene un nuevo plan peligroso: Prohibir que los migrantes y solicitantes de asilo salgan de sus países de origen, sin importar el costo.
Acompáñanos en una charla con Moisés Gómez, catedrático e investigador en la Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) - Red Jesuita con Migrantes El Salvador, para aprender más sobre:
• Las causas raíces de la migración y el desplazamiento forzado
• El impacto de la militarización fronteriza impulsada por los EEUU en la región
• Cómo tú puedes unirte a la lucha para defender las vidas y los derechos de migrantes
VIDEO RECORDING OF TALK / GRABACION DE DISCURSO
On May 24, 2016, the Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees & Families protested Hillary Clinton's visit to Los Angeles and called on the community to take to the streets to remind her that she is NOT welcomed in LA! She is a war criminal who has openly called for the deportation of unaccompanied refugee children back to Central America. She was responsible for the coup of President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras and the killing of thousands in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Palestine. The Human Rights Alliance focuses on the root causes of forced migration and ultimately sees all these issues connected. Also, this event is being organized by various community based organizations and NOT by the Bernie Sanders campaign. Although some of the people in attendance will undoubtedly be Bernie Sanders supporters, the majority of the organizers are non-partisan.
Endorsing organizations included: Unión del Barrio, Familia: Transqueer Liberation Movement, Immigrant Youth Coalition, CISPES LA, Homies Unidos and Central American Youth Council.
About the Speaker
Eni Lestari is an Indonesian domestic helper and migrant rights activist who has been working in Hong Kong since 1999. She is the current chairperson of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA), the first global alliance of grassroots migrants’ organizations, founded in Hong Kong in 2008. Lestari is also the current chairperson of the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong (ATKI-HK), and spokesperson for the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB), an alliance of migrant organizations of Nepalese, Sri Lankans, Thais, Filipinos, Indians, and Indonesians. Lestari is also a current board member of the Global Alliance Against Trafficking of Women (GAATW).
The International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) (est. 2008) is the first-ever global alliance of organization of grassroots migrants, refugees, and displaced peoples. The International Migrants’ Alliance remains to be the leading international movement of grassroots im/migrants, refugees, displaced peoples and their advocates and friends fighting for the protection of their rights and welfare and finding a solution to the worsening problem of forced migration, war and conflicts, racism, discrimination, social exclusion, etc. Currently, IMA is present in almost all major global regions: Asia, Oceania, Latin America, North America, Africa, Middle East and Europe with more than 120 member organizations from more than 30 countries worldwide.
This MAY DAY, join the Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees & Families CONTINGENT as we demand the complete HALT and END to ALL Detention/Deportations in our communities. The Alliance was founded on demanding justice for Central American refugee families. Our families, sisters and brothers, are still fighting back and this May Day, we want to make sure we uplift all of these struggles. From the home, within detention to the workplace, we demand dignity for ALL refugees & migrants and refuse to compromise FREEDOM!
Find us carrying the #FreedomNotReform banner at the 2 events below./Nos podran hallar cargando nuestra consigna de Libertad No Reforma en los dos eventos nombrados aqui:
1st Stop: Boyle Heights https://www.facebook.com/events/548118412016329/
in support of CENTRO/CSO.
2nd Stop: Santa Ana
in support of the MAY DAY TRANS QUEER CONTINGENT.
Este 1 de Mayo, la Alianza estara organizando su propio contigente en nombre de la libertad de nuestras comunidades. Exigimos el ALTO inmediato y irreversible a todas las detenciones y deportaciones en nuestras comunidades. La Alianza fue fundada en exigir justicia para las familias refugiadas Centroamericanas. Nuestras familias, hermanas y hermanos siguen en la lucha, y este 1 de Mayo no podemos permitir que su lucha se olvide. Desde el hogar, dentro de carceles de inmigracion, hasta nuestros lugares de empleo, exigimos dignidad para todos los refugiados y migrantes--y rehusamos comprometer nuestra completa LIBERTAD!
Community Forum: The Assassination of Berta Caceres and the Future of Indigenous and Afrodescendant Environmental and Land Rights in Honduras
WHAT: #TPSNow Feinstein Protest
WHEN: Monday, March 14th at 4:00 PM
On Monday, March 14th, the Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees & Families protested in front of Sen. Feinstein's office demanding immediate relief for refugee children and families! More info here.
VIDEO OF ACTION [LIVE FOOTAGE]:
WHAT: Obama Rally to Stop Detaining and Deporting Refugees!
WHEN: Thursday, February 11 at 4:30 PM
On February 11, 2016, Obama came to Los Angeles and community members and activists greeted the #DeporterInChief by protesting and demand that the stop detaining and deporting refugees! More info here.
On Dec 24th, 2015, the Obama administration declared that it would execute a series of ICE raids on Central American refugee families who have lost their asylum cases. Migrant rights organization convened by ICE Out of LA organized a press conference immediately after the first weekend of raids across the United States to denounce these detentions as inhumane, immoral, and a violation of the human rights of refugees.
PRESS CONFERENCE (VIDEO):
WHAT: Forum & Panel Discussion on Women Against State Violence
WHEN: Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: UCLA Labor Center | 675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, Los Angeles, California
Gabriela LA and International League of Peoples' Struggle invited members of the Human Rights Alliance and Child Refugees & Families to speak on the resistance movement of refugee mother's being unjustly held in family detention in a forum about women's resistance movements and the impact of state violence on women in our communities locally and globally.
There forum also included be speakers representing Palestinian Youth Movement, Cordillera Human Rights Alliance, and Hustisya-Philippines.
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