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Alianza Americas leads educational delegation of state and local officials to El Salvador, Honduras and the Mexican southern border
U.S.-based delegates will learn about drivers of migration and the realities facing families who have been deported.
WHAT: Alianza Americas has launched its first delegation of state and local officials into the Central America/Mexico region. The delegation will visit two Northern Triangle Countries: Honduras and El Salvador, which are the home countries of many of the children and families who have sought asylum in the United States over the past few years. Participants will visit processing centers for people who are deported from either the US and Mexico. They will also visit Mexico’s Southern border, ground zero for deportations over the past year, with more than 100,000 people having been deported from Mexico, without ever making it to the United States. There, delegation members will meet the folks on the front lines of protecting those highly vulnerable migrants and learn about the challenges they face. Today, August 25, the delegation will meet with family members of missing and disappeared migrants in El Salvador, as well as the experts who have set up a DNA data base to help families track their loved ones who have gone missing along the migration route.
WHO: The delegation is comprised of a select group of state and local government and elected officials who are confronting the impacts of large numbers of children and families from this region who are seeking asylum. The delegation will be accompanied by skilled local facilitators and translators, as well as immigrant experts drawn from the leadership of Alianza Americas.
Delegation participants include:
Adrian Madaro, Massachusetts State Representative from East Boston
Ana Sol Gutierrez, Maryland State Delegate
Jimmy Tarlau, Maryland State Delegate
Nestor Alvarenga, Latin American Community Liaison, Montgomery County Maryland
The officials will be accompanied by immigrant community leaders from their respective regions:
Abel Nuñez, Cottage City MD Commissioner, Ward 1, as well as Executive Director of CARECEN-DC
Gladys Vega, Chelsea Collaborative, Boston
Mario Paredes, Centro Presente, Boston
The Executive Director of Alianza Americas, Oscar Chacón, will also personally accompany the delegation, as will reporter Armando Trull, who is continuing a series of investigative reporting on the Northern Triangle region that was launched in 2015.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 24 – Wednesday August 31, 2016
WHY: The purpose of this delegation is to explore the realities that are driving forced migration from the Northern triangle countries in Central America, as well as learning about the conditions that await those who are deported back to Central America from either the United States or Mexico, and the conditions along the migration route.
Alianza Americas represents a critical voice on issues that have an impact on the lives of immigrants and all families throughout the Americas. Its forty-five organizational members represent more than 100,000 families across 12 states in the United States. It is the only national organization in the U.S. that is rooted in Latino/Caribbean immigrant communities and works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life.