National Speaking Tour: Dangerous Journeys


From May 15-June 3, CISPES is hosting Moisés Gómez, professor and researcher at the Central American University (UCA) and part of the Jesuit Migration Network El Salvador for a national speaking tour, "Dangerous Journeys: How US-sponsored border militarization in Central America is fueling a human rights crisis"

Professor Gómez will be visiting CISPES chapters in the following cities. If you will be in one of the cities where he will be speaking and are interested in attending or helping out with events taking place near you, please click on one of the links below to send an email to your local CISPES chapter.

Washington, DC: May 15-17
New York, NY: May 18-19
Boston, MA: May 20-23
Los Angeles, CA: May 24-26
San Francisco & Santa Cruz, CA, May 27-31
Seattle & Portland, June 1-3

In December, the US Congress approved $750 million in US assistance to support the Alliance for Prosperity Plan, roughly doubling funding for US State Department activities in the region. The package represents a significant expansion of the same militarized security and pro-corporate economic policies that have contributed to the high levels of violence and inequality that are fueling migration from the region.

Despite its own role in creating the crisis that is currently displacing Central Americans, the US government is now trying to physically stop them from seeking safety elsewhere. Since 2014, the Mexico-Guatemala border has become heavily militarized with funding and training from the United States, exacerbating the human rights crisis for migrants and refugees.

Now, Congress is requiring that Central American countries militarize their own national borders in order to access development funds, an unconscionable demand that will have devastating results.

Professor Moisés Gómez of the University of Central America and the Jesuit Migration Network El Salvador will be crisscrossing the US this spring to share his research and analysis on:

• The root causes of migration and forced displacement
• The impact of US-sponsored border militarization in the region
• How people in the US can join the fight to defend the lives and rights of Central America migrants

For media inquiries, please contact [email protected]

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