Kids and Families in Crisis: The Influx of Central American Children and Families to the Border

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Ramona Fernandez, Hiroko Kusuda,

Sue Weishar

and recent Central American refugees (TBA)

A humanitarian crisis of epic proportions unfolded at the U.S. Mexico border this summer as tens of thousands of children and families fled Central America for safe haven in the U.S. and other countries in the region. Ramona Fernandez, Associate Director of the Loyola Law Clinic, Hiroko Kusuda, Associate Clinical Professor of Immigration Law, Loyola Law Clinic, and Sue Weishar, Migration Specialist for the Jesuit Social Research Institute, will discuss why the children are leaving Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in unprecedented numbers, the challenges they face to gain legal status in the U.S., and what is being done locally to help child migrants who have come to the New Orleans area. We also hope to have as guest speakers a refugee family from Central America to discuss the reasons they fled their home country and how they are adjusting to life in New Orleans. Approximately 65% of the 1275 unaccompanied child immigrants who have rejoined family members in Louisiana this year are now living in the New Orleans area.

First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation

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Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

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