Human rights crisis and migration from Honduras

November 13, 2013

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Commerce & Finance Building, room 209

Medina Castillo
Aracely Medina Castillo

Come for a conversation with Honduran human rights defender Aracely Medina Castillo of Jesuit Migrant Services-Honduras.

Honduras faces a human rights crisis. It is the most dangerous country in the world. According to Human Rights Watch, "violence and threats by unidentified perpetrators against journalists, human rights defenders, prosecutors, peasant activists and transgender people remain serious problems. Perpetrators are rarely brought to justice."

Meanwhile, according to the U.S. State Department, roughly 13% of the Honduran population – 1 million Hondurans – have migrated to the United States, 600,000 of whom are believed to be undocumented. Why is there a human rights crisis in Honduras? Who is being killed and why? What is the role of U.S. policy? And why are people migrating to the U.S.? Is there a connection with the human rights crisis?

Aracely Medina Castillo is a Honduran activist and educator who has worked for over a decade defending the human rights of Hondurans, focusing particularly on Honduran migrants and their families. She is the deputy director of the Jesuit Center for Reflection, Research, and Communication (ERIC-SJ), a think tank that conducts research and reports on societal trends and public opinion in Honduras. She is also the national supervisor of Jesuit Migrant Services-Honduras (SJM) and the Social Ministries coordinator for all of Central America. Medina will discuss the impact of the Honduran human rights crisis, why Hondurans migrate to the U.S., as well as her work supporting migrants and the family members left behind. Finally, Medina will speak to how U.S. policy can positively impact the situation.

This program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), and co-sponsored by the Hispanic American Student Association and Gesu Peace and Justice Committee. This event is part of International Education Week events, sponsored by the Language and Cultural Training Department and the International Services Office. You may want to check for updates on the CLASA website.

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Contact: Gail Presbey, director of CLASA
Phone: 313-993-1124