Event will be held in Spanish and English with simultaneous interpretation provided.
Migrant rights centers and shelters across the U.S./Mexico Border serve thousands of migrants, many of whom have been deported from the U.S. only hours earlier, each year. These centers offer a refuge for migrants, oftentimes the victims of violence and exploitation by the repatriation process to unknown and dangerous cities on the Mexican side of the border. They also have a unique opportunity to documents the abuses suffered by migrants who have passed through the U.S. immigration system. During this event, the speakers will discuss their new report which highlights the human rights abuses perpetrated by U.S. authorities towards migrants during the apprehension, detention, and deportation process; inform the efforts taken by authorities and their Washington, D.C. counterparts, and share the way in which these constant threats against migrants and migrant rights defenders in Mexico affect the capacity to defend and protect migrant rights in general. The report, the result of a border initiative to document these abuses, points to how U.S. immigration practices place migrants at greater risk of abuse and violence throughout the deportation process.