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Reflections on Newly Arrived Central American Children
October 22, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The recent arrival of Central American children has brought much-needed national attention to the situations of harm and poverty from which these children are fleeing. Érika Patricia Guerra Escalante will shed light on these conditions and discuss how United States policy has contributed to insecurity in Honduras and in other Central American countries, which continues to force children out of their home countries to embark on the treacherous journey north.
Érika, currently completing her licensing in Psychology, worked for Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (Jesuit Migrant Service, or SJM, by its Spanish acronym) in its Honduras office. The mission of SJM is to achieve full respect for the labor and human rights of migrants and their families in their communities of origin, on their journey, and when they arrive at their destination. Érika and SJM have done this through trainings, education, community projects, and building networks of support for migrants and their families. (Note: Érika will not be representing any Jesuit entity or official Jesuit viewpoint on this tour.)
Join Witness for Peace, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and Institute for Policy Studies for a presentation from and conversation with Érika.