9 November 2015
CPT INTERNATIONAL: Join the work of the CPT
U.S./Mexico Borderlands Delegation 10-20 February 2016
In the last months the
world’s attention has focused on refugees desperate to reach Europe, because the
violence in their own countries has reached such cataclysmic proportions. But people are fleeing almost horrific
violence from Latin American countries, too, and risking their lives in the
Sonoran Desert to escape it: 182 bodies were recovered in the Tucson Sector of
the border alone this last fiscal year.
Witness the impact of
immigration enforcement in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands where foreign policy
masquerades as domestic, where the U.S. government foists life and death
decisions upon our neighbors, relatives and friends, placing them in vulnerable
and volatile situations. Journey with us through this zone of conflict, the
gauntlet of the Sonoran desert, part of the lethal continuum that our neighbors
from Latin America travel to reach the fields, factories and detention centers
of the U.S. Come to observe, query, discern, contribute, learn and then take
home the story of human struggle and hope.
|Photo: Nadine Hiemstra|
With the lens of the
borderlands we will examine how immigration reform does and does not impact our
neighbors, and ourselves wherever we live in the U.S. We will meet some of
those directly affected by public policy. Migrants, local residents, activists,
law enforcement personnel. We will walk desert trails, visit sites that include
detention centers, human resource centers, cooperatives… back and forth across
the border. We will see first hand the impact of militarism on our neighbors
and the border communities.
February is reasonably
mild here. Cool nights, warm, dry days. Prepare for moderate level trail
walking. A passport or border card is essential for this delegation. Spanish is
helpful but not required.
FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $800 USD, which does NOT include the cost of travel to