Latin American ambassadors to the U.S. will participate in panel on the unaccompanied children immigration crisis

Unaccompanied1On Monday, September 29, the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School will host a panel discussion titled “Confronting the Unaccompanied Children Immigration Crisis: Perspectives from Central America, Mexico, and the United States.”  Panelists will include:  Francisco Altschul, ambassador of El Salvador to the U.S.; Julio Ligorría, ambassador of Guatemala to the U.S.; Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute; and Rafael Fernández de Castro, Jay and Debe Moskowitz Endowed Chair in U.S.-Mexico Affairs at the Maxwell School.  James Steinberg, dean of the Maxwell School, will serve as moderator.

The panelists’ discussion will focus on the recent surge of unaccompanied children from Central America seeking entrance to the United States to escape violence and poverty in their home countries.  The result has been a crisis on multiple fronts, which is only further complicated by the cross-border nature of the phenomenon.  The panel will bring together experts from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the United States to discuss the medium- and long-term solutions to this problem, as well as to explore each country’s perspectives and identify potential areas for cooperation.

The event will take place at 12:30 pm in 220 Eggers Hall.  It is sponsored by the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs of the Maxwell School and by the Migration Policy Institute. 09/23/14