2017 Latin America & the Caribbean Workshops

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Colombia: Toward Peace at Last?

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

In 2016, the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas signed a peace accord to end fifty years of conflict. In January 2017, talks officially launched between the Colombian government and the last remaining major guerrilla group, the ELN. Yet the situation remains dangerous for many communities in the countryside, for demobilized combatants, and especially for human rights defenders and Afro-Colombian and… 

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Luis Gerardo Acero Barrios, Corporación Acción Humanitaria por la Convivencia y la Paz Del Nordeste Antioqueno; Cristina Espinel, Colombia Human Rights Committee; Lisa Haugaard, Latin America Working Group; Andrea Fernandez Aponte, Latin America Working Group. With support from Mennonite Central Committee and Peace Brigades International.

Fleeing Central America: The Root Causes and Protection Needs of Migrants and Asylum Seekers

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

This workshop will examine the increase in migration and individuals and families seeking asylum from the Northern Triangle of Central America. Speakers will discuss the root causes and influence of U.S. security policy in Central America and Mexico. They will also present the abuses migrants and asylum seekers face in their journey for protection, particularly in Mexico, and the role… 

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Mary Campbell, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Claudia Lucero, Chicago Religious Leadership Network; Daniella Burgi-Palomino, Latin America Working Group. With support from Alianza Americas.

Cuba: Where Are We Now?

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

This workshop will examine the impact of the ongoing U.S. embargo on Cuba for the people of both countries. Speakers  will discuss the efforts made by the Obama Administration to move toward normalization and the possible ramifications for those efforts under the Trump Administration.


Gail Walker, Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace Spring Caravan; Representative from the Cuban Embassy (invited); Mavis Anderson, Latin America Working Group

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