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Defending Humanity: Caring for refugees and migrants trapped in danger

Mexico 2019 © John Moore/Getty Images

December 17, 2019

6:30PM-8:30PM CT

Event type: In-person

Blanton Museum Smith Building

200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Austin, TX 78712

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are treating thousands of refugees and migrants blocked from seeking safety and now trapped in dangerous conditions throughout Mexico. We witness the devastating medical and mental health impacts of migration restrictions on our patients every day.

New US immigration policies have created a humanitarian emergency at the border and throughout the region. Asylum seekers are being sent back to dangerous cities in Mexico and other countries in the region wracked by violence. Meanwhile at the US-Mexico border, thousands of people languish near international bridges without access to medical care or basic services.

Join MSF for a discussion about helping people whose lives are threatened by increasingly restrictive immigration policies imposed by the US and Mexico. Participants include Samuel Almeida, MSF regional deputy head of mission in Mexico and Central America, Gordon Einkbeiner, field coordinator for MSF's migrant project in Mexico, Denise Gilman, director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas Law School, Adriana Quiroga, community organizer at The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), Avril Benoît, executive director of MSF-USA, Samuel Almeida, MSF regional deputy head of mission, and Gordon Finkbeiner, field coordinator for MSF's migrant project in Mexico. Carlos Sanchez, senior editor at Texas Monthly, will moderate the discussion.