Refuge For Families Fact-Finding Mission to Guatemala and Mexico
The Refuge for Families coalition will begin a five-day delegation trip Aug. 3 to Guatemala and Mexico to engage with local human rights advocates and government officials helping migrants against increased repressive policies along their route north. The purpose of this fact-finding mission is: to assess the situation for migrants fleeing their homeland; document and advocate for better conditions and treatment for those embarking on this journey at a time when the Trump administration continues to pressure Mexico and Central American countries into serving as an extension of U.S. immigration enforcement.
The first leg of the trip will take place in Guatemala and will include a visit a local human rights organization fighting in key human rights cases and forced displacement, and another organization that represents victims in a variety of legal situations, including cases related to the Maya Ixil genocide.
According to the U.S. government’s own reports, Guatemala is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The country has one of the highest rates of homicides in the world and women face extremely high rates of murder and sex trafficking.
The stop in Guatemala will also include a visit with Jordán Rodas, Guatemala's Human Rights Ombudsman, as well as another organization that works to achieve the full inclusion of the population of sexual diversity in Guatemalan society. The delegation will also visit a shelter in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
In Mexico, the delegation will visit a detention center in Tapachula, Mexico which has become ground zero for migrants crossing the border heading north to the United States. The Mexican government recently deployed 6,500 members of the National Guard to the Tapachula area as a response to the Trump Administration’s call on Mexico to halt the flow of migrants as they head north to the U.S.
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