At least since 2014, when a wave of unaccompanied minors arrived at the U.S. southern border, the politics and attention of Americans has been fixated on the so-called Central American immigrant crisis at the border. Virtually no politicians or media, however, ask, “What is pushing Hondurans out of their country?” or “What is the connection between this mass migration and U.S. policy?”
This delegation will investigate the root causes of the dislocation of tens of thousands of Hondurans who choose a perilous journey and uncertain reception at the border over remaining at home.
Hear stories of why people leave
Learn how the Honduran government discourages them from leaving.
Learn if US AID programs aimed at deterring gang violence and migration are effective
Hear how police, military and gangs partner in extortion, narcotrafficking and corruption.
See first-hand the devastation of land grabs by foreign mining, tourism, and real estate corporations, the exploitation by sweatshops
Meet the inspiring social movements trying to change the conditions that drive migration and hear about their alternatives
This delegation is organized by the Cross Border Network of Kansas City, and co-sponsored with the Task Force on the Americas of Marin County California and the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America, all members of the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN). Our guide will be Karen Spring, the HSN coordinator based in Honduras. Karen brings a decade of close observation of Honduras’s transition to dictatorship and the inspiring resistance movement.
Cost of the delegation: $650 not including airfare. This includes hotel, 2 meals/day, transportation, interpretation, honoraria to groups while in Honduras. Price calculated for a minimum of 8 people.
Make your own flight arrangements: To arrive in San Pedro Sula on May 25 and to leave from Tegucigalpa on June 2nd.
What you need to apply:
A valid passport which does not expire before Jan 2, 2020. No visa is required in advance.
Download an application at the link below. Applications due by March 20, 2019. You will be notified by April 1st so that you can buy your plane tickets. A deposit of half the cost, is due by April 5th. The balance by May 20th.
An interest and intention to actively support solidarity with Honduran social movements. We are not looking for tourists; we are looking for activists.
For more information:
Ellen Ziegemeier, (314) 721-2977, email@example.com
Judy Ancel, the Cross Border Network, 816-835-4745, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Bohm, 510-525-5497, email@example.com
If you are an IFCLA volunteer, limited funds might be available to support your participation as part of this delegation. If you are interested and/or would need financial assistance, please contact Ellen Ziegemeier or Sara John at firstname.lastname@example.org.