2017 Northeast & Southeast Speaking Tours
Mother’s Day Marks Launch of Southeast Speaking Tour on Violence Against Central American Women and Children
Esmeralda Maya Casillas Garcia, Advocate for the Rights of Women in Migration
Esmeralda Maya Casillas Garcia is an emerging leader and advocate for the rights of women in migration. She is a native of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Maya received her law degree in 2015 from the Universidad del Sureste, in Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas. Over the past three years, she has facilitated extensive trainings and work around gender equity and reproductive rights, as well as the protection and care of migrant women and girls. Last year, Maya trained Central American consular staff in Mexico on Human Rights and Migration, and on the Protection and Care for Migrant Girls, Children and Adolescents focusing on the rights of migrant children and adolescents on the Mexico-Guatemala border.
SOUTHEAST SPEAKING TOUR FEATURING ESMERALDA MAYA CASILLAS GARCIA
TOUR BACKGROUND AND DESCRIPTION
The Speaking Tour brings voices from Mexico and Central America to a different geographic areas in the U.S over the course of a week to ten days. The visitors will bring authentic experiences from the region and will be accompanied by Alianza Americas fully bilingual staff and board members
The purpose of this particular tour, is to inform and raise awareness about violence and insecurity in Central America and the ongoing exodus of young people, children and families from the region, particularly the countries of the Northern Triangle: Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The tour will connect voices from the region who have lived experiences with the factors driving people to seek safety in the United States with policymakers, faith groups, immigrant and refugee rights groups and others. Our goal is to highlight interconnectedness of this humanitarian crisis, including the challenges faced by communities in the US who may be struggling to integrate an influx of new arrivals.
Specifically, we will utilize the report: Seeking Refugee, Finding Violence, Detention and Deportation along the Mesoamerican Corridor as a tool to help contextualize the discussion during this tour. This report is a publication that highlights the findings and recommendations of a recent Alianza Americas led delegation that included a group of US local and state elected officials, to El Salvador, Honduras and the Mexican southern border in August, 2016.
The tour will draw on local expertise and relationships and deepen these relationships by providing a transnational context to local issues faced by communities in the United States. The goal is to add value to local work, and at the same time, shape and strengthen the national and transnational impact of Alianza Americas as a network.
This tour is part of a series that will draw parallels across struggles and build bridges for shared collaborations around an agenda of social, economic and racial justice in the US and across Latin America.
NORTHEAST SPEAKING TOUR FEATURING NEESA MEDINA
The purpose of the tour is to inform and raise awareness about violence and insecurity in Central America and the ongoing exodus of young people, children and families from the region, particularly the countries of the Northern Triangle. In the case of this particular leg of the tour through the Northeast, the focus will be on violence against women as the main driver of forced migration from the region.
These series of events will consist of a series of informational briefings on current conditions in Central America, with a focus on Honduras, and how these conditions are related to human mobility flows.