Thousands of Central American migrants are currently traveling through Mexico, seeking safety to the north. Many are traveling in family groups with small children. What factors lead so many to make this harrowing journey? Desperation caused by poverty, natural disasters and gang violence are immediate factors. However, U.S. involvement—both economic and military—has contributed to major political instability and economic inequality throughout Central America.
This webinar will address the geo-political and colonial history that led to the conditions that are causing people to risk everything to travel by the thousands to seek safety in the United States. It will also discuss the current status of the caravan, as well as humanitarian crisis conditions and the immediate need for assistance. Finally, the webinar will suggest ways for Guild members to offer support—whether by Legal Observing, volunteering with Tijuana-based Al Otro Lado, or by donating to a locally-based relief organization.
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan - NLG past president and LatinoJustice PRLDEF staff attorney
Joseph P. Berra - Project Director, UCLA School of Law
Erika Pinheiro - immigration attorney, Al Otro Lado