Refuge For Families Delegation Visits Mexico and Guatemala Ahead of the Holidays

PRESS STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

Refuge For Families Delegation Visits Mexico and Guatemala Ahead of the Holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Susana Flores (915) 525 2434.

Leaders to Document Conditions for Immigrants and Refugees Fleeing Violence in Central America

WHAT: Refuge For Families Central American Delegation Visit

WHEN: December 16 – December 19

WHERE: Mexico City / Tapachula / Guatemala-Mexico Border

WHO: Murad Awawdeh, Executive Vice President of Advocacy & Strategy at New York

Immigration Coalition

Lawrence Benito, Chief Executive Officer at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

Mariko Hirose, Litigation Director at International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President and Executive Director at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)

Lisa Simeone, Lecturer and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Chicago

Oscar Chacón, Executive Director at Alianza Americas and Co-founder of “Refuge for Families” campaign

Irazu Gomez Mexico Liaison for the “Refuge For Families” campaign and Alianza Americas Mexico Program Advisor

WASHINGTON – Refuge 4 Families, a transnational partnership responsive to the plight of migrants along the Central America-US corridor, will lead a delegation of immigration and refugee rights leaders and advocates on a three-stop tour of Mexico and Guatemala starting Dec. 16.

Aiming to get a first-hand look at the regional dynamics driving so many to flee their countries, as well as the conditions faced by Central Americans and other asylum seekers, this delegation will bear witness to the continuing humanitarian disaster occurring as a result of U.S. policies.

“Bi-national accords that block people from requesting asylum in the US, and the ongoing attempts by the Trump Administration to slam the doors on migration are wreaking havoc on the already dangerous conditions,” said Oscar Chacon,  member of Refuge for Families and an executive director of Alianza Américas, a network of 50 organizations led by Latin American and Caribbean immigrants who represent more than 100,000 families throughout the United States. “People are now being returned to the very dangers they are seeking refuge from or being sent to neighboring, unfamiliar countries with little to no infrastructure or plan to properly receive them. These people are then left with little resources other than those being provided by non-governmental humanitarian groups and human rights organizations.”

As part of the trip, Refuge 4 Families will visit migrant and refugee shelters in Mexico City and Tapachula as well as the Human Rights Center Fray Matias de Cordova B.C.

For more information contact Susana Flores, (915) 525 2434.

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Refuge for Families, led by the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Alianza Americas and We Are All America, We has worked to uplift and educate the public on the underlying causes of migration in the region and supports accountable, citizen-led foreign policy strategies addressing the causes of exodus along the Central America-US corridor.

Alianza Americas 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.

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