Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Since 2009, the year the United States government officially decided to participate in the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have gone out of their way to tout the trade pact as “the most progressive trade deal...
Film: The State of Arizona

Film: The State of Arizona

This vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law,...
NAFTA Pushes Many Mexicans to Migrate

NAFTA Pushes Many Mexicans to Migrate

There is an important element that is constantly missing in the migration debate in the United States – the push factors, or what it is that pushes millions of Mexicans and Central Americans migrate. The destruction of local economies and livelihoods by U.S.-led free...

The Two Europes

Cross-posted from JohnFeffer.com. John is currently traveling in Eastern Europe and observing its transformations since 1989. The subtitle of Benjamin Disraeli’s novel Sybil, about Britain of the mid-19th century, refers to the “two nations” of rich...
U.S. Military and Economic Violence in Nicaragua: Roots of Migration

U.S. Military and Economic Violence in Nicaragua: Roots of Migration

Migration and its root causes have been an integral part of the post-war reconciliation process in Nicaragua. The Peace Promoters have found that most Nicaraguans, no matter their political leaning or past military involvement – Contra or Sandinista – are...
Review: Give Refuge to the Stranger

Review: Give Refuge to the Stranger

The United States is an immigrant nation, a haven for those fleeing persecution. This image of a welcoming country, however, has dramatically changed since the Cold War. In the shadow of 9/11 and the recent economic recession, the immigration issue has become...

Letelier-Moffit International Award: Belen, Posada del Migrante

La dolorosa migración forzada Centroamericana: “Mis puertas abrí al caminante y la noche no pasaba afuera.” Desde hace ocho años atraviesa el territorio mexicano de frontera a frontera una enorme caravana hambrienta, despojada,...
A Migrant’s Journey

A Migrant’s Journey

Please join us for a panel discussion with Fr. Pedro Pantoja of the Belén, Posada del Migrante (Bethlehem, the Migrant’s Shelter) and U.S. human rights advocates who will shed light on violence against female migrants, the abuses migrants face as they...

Children and ‘The Beast’

Which Way Home USA, 2009 Directed by Rebecca Cammisa Hard numbers are difficult to come by, but it is estimated that 2000-3000 people illegally enter the U.S. at the U.S.-Mexican border every day. In the 2010 fiscal year alone, the U.S. Border Patrol nabbed 447,000...

A New National Movement Forms to Protect and Expand Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, July 12, over 700 people from across the country, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and national human rights leaders will launch the Caring Across Generations campaign: a movement to protect and expand our nation’s support...

Development and Migration: The Missing Link

President Obama’s speech in El Paso on May 10 put the immigration debate back on the table. In reaffirming his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, he attempted to reframe a debate that has been dominated by a focus on security. The president began by...
Creating Cultural Bridges: The Art of Edgar Endress

Creating Cultural Bridges: The Art of Edgar Endress

Chilean-born Edgar Endress is a Virginia-based artist, professor, and founding member of the Floating Lab Collective. Endress’ work stresses a context-dependent blend of media that both forges and illustrates an integration of art and social engagement. For...