On October 12, 2018 hundreds of women, men, children and elderly departed the city of San Pedro Sula on a migrant caravan to the United States, to escape violence, poverty, unemployment, organized crime and displacement by extractive industries and foreign intervention.
The first asylum seekers from the caravan to reach the San Diego-Tijuana border were received with tear gas and rubber bullets fired across the border by US security forces. Along the way, they have also faced another kind of violence: accusations of being invaders, and criminals, or of being paid agitators. Yet expressions of solidarity from common people have also accompanied them throughout their 5,000 kilometer journey.
In this webinar, our special guests will help us explore the reasons behind the mass exodus, the response of US authorities at the border and the Canadian connection to this crisis. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify any doubts they may have regarding the migrant caravans.