February 12, 2015 - 8:00pm
It’s the largest migration corridor in the world, a passageway through which some 300,000 Central Americans enter Mexico every year, many of whom try to continue onwards to the US. Journeying by boat, on foot, and on a notorious train called The Beast, they cover thousands of miles, and along the way, many find the same thing they are fleeing: violence.
Following routes winding north from places like Guatemala City or Tegucigalpa, Honduras, migrants are preyed upon by criminal organizations and plagued by violence—theft, extortion, mugging, rape—that can leave them injured or traumatized. But because of their legal status, they cannot access basic health care to help them recover while on the move. For this reason, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has established a series of clinics that offer medical and mental health care at key points along the route.
Join us for an in-depth discussion on the health consequences of Central American migration through Mexico, and a look at the humanitarian needs of the migrants who undertake the journey. MSF experts from our programs in Honduras and Mexico will share their insights into the difficult and dangerous circumstances that migrants endure as they try to find safe passage.
Marc Bosch Bonacasa is the head of mission for MSF's projects in Mexico, where the organization provides health care to Central American migrants. This includes treating victims of violence, patients with Chagas disease, and providing mental health care. Marc has previously served as head of mission in Ecuador, India, Zimbabwe, and Colombia.
Maria Cristobal is the mental health referent for MSF's mission in Mexico. She has worked for MSF since 2004 as a mental health technician in Indonesia, Sudan, Kenya, Peru, Yemen, Colombia, Ethiopia, Turkey, and the Palestinian Territories.
Maggie Wideau, RN, spent nine months as project coordinator in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she oversaw a program that provided medical and psychological support for victims of violence and the city's homeless population. She has completed 13 missions for MSF since 2002, 11 of which were as a project coordinator.
Sandra Murillo, moderator, is the medical communications officer for MSF-USA.
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