Mexican Human Rights Champion Visits US in Three City Tour to Raise Awareness of Urgent Humanitarian needs for Central Americans in “Exodus” in Mexico.
On April 3-10, Alianza Americas will carry out a three-city tour with stops in Chicago, lL, Washington DC, and Detroit, MI, with “Sister Magda”, María Magdalena Silva Rentería, the founder of a women’s and children’s shelter in Mexico City and National Coordinator of the National Migrant Defenders Network (REDODEM) in México.
CHICAGO, April 2, 2019 — Starting in October of last year, large caravans of mostly young people and families from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador began moving through Mexico. María Magdalena Silva Rentería, known as “Sister Magda” immediately began to organize humanitarian response across Mexico for Central Americans and all who seek refuge. Sister Magda is the founder and director of the (CAFEMIN) shelter for women and children in Mexico City and Coordinator of a national network of front-line migrant defenders in Mexico. She rarely visits the US, due to her urgent and life-saving work on the ground. She will make just three stops in April– Chicago, Washington, DC, and Detroit. Do not miss the chance to connect with this inspiring and thoughtful leader.
This tour will explore the complex causes of forced migration from Central America and Mexico and the devastating impacts of anti-immigrant US policies. Sister Magda will provide a first-hand account of the challenges facing shelters and other organizations that have scrambled to provide humanitarian support to the migrant caravans. Discussion will focus on actions that participants can take to protect vulnerable young people and families and to promote policy solutions.
TOUR AGENDA (please see our FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE) or contact us if you would like to participate in events in one of the three tour cities)
Abril 3-4 Chicago, IL- meetings with faith groups, civic organizations, and universities.
Abril 5-8 Washington, DC – Speaker at Ecumenical Advocacy Days and community event at CARECEN-DC
April 9-10 Detroit, MI – meetings with faith groups
For possible interviews, members of the media are advised to contact:
- For DC and Chicago: Zorayda Avila at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile +1 (773) 577-9566.
- For Detroit: Amy Shannon, at email@example.com or by mobile +1 (708) 404-6801
CAFEMIN is a Catholic organization, founded in 2012, dedicated to defending human rights, and organized by the Congregation of the Josephine Sisters in Mexico City.
Alianza Américas is a network of 50 immigrant-led organizations representing more than 100,000 families across the United States. It is the only US-based organization rooted in Latino and Caribbean immigrant communities that works transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life. Learn more at alianzaamericas.org.