Central American Asylum Seekers with Helena Olea

School of Social Service Administration, 969 E 60th St Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 6 – 8 pm More info

In the past four years, thousands of Central American women, men, and children fled into Mexico from the violence in the Northern Triangle countries. Mexican civil society organizations have organized to assist the migrants whether they wish to remain in Mexico or continue to the United States. Helena Olea is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and legal advisor to Alianza Americas a coalition of immigrant-lead organizations with a regional presence in North America and Central America. In the past year, Helena has visited Mexico’s northern and southern borders, Mexico City, and other sites along the migrants’ routes to meet with Central American migrants and Mexican advocates. Helena has litigated before international human rights agencies and worked with the Inter-American Commission’s Special Rapporteur on Migrants. This event is a part of our Eyes on Mexico speaker series.