Beyond the Border: The Realities of Migration from Central America


Location: Virtual

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Migration from Central America to the U.S. continues to make headlines and drive policy discussions. This series will use research-based evidence to go beyond this narrative and discuss the issues behind the typical “root causes” of migration from the region. Join us for a unique conversation with researchers, practitioners and policymakers from the U.S. and Central America as we explore how we can promote safe paths to prosperity and dignity, both at home and abroad.  

Hosted in partnership by the Pulte Institute for Global Development’s Central America Research Alliance and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, this three-week program will allow you to participate in live discussions via Zoom on this timely topic.

The three-part program will be held weekly on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. EDT beginning September 29.

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Week 1: Navigating the paths to migration
Wednesday, September 29, 1 - 2 pm EDT

What is the current reality in Central America and why are people leaving the region? Global affairs experts will provide context to this question by giving an overview of the current levels of migration, its various drivers, and the different ways people and organizations are responding. 

Abby Córdova
Associate Professor of Global Affairs
Keough School of Global Affairs

María Estela Rivero Fuentes
Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Knowledge Management Director

Week 2: Voices from Central America
Wednesday, October 6, 1 - 2 pm EDT

Central American policymakers and researchers will join us in a discussion to analyze the role that governments, civil society, and the private sector play in regional development. 

Hugo Noé Pino
Honduran Economist
Former president of the Central Bank of Honduras
Finance Minister and Ambassador to the UN and the U.S.

Clara Villatoro
MGA Student, International Peace Studies 2022
Keough School of Global Affairs

Week 3: Creating action for safe, dignified migration
Wednesday, October 13, 1 - 2 pm EDT

Our final session of the series will explore what the United States, businesses, the church, and each of us as global citizens can do to create safe, dignified paths for migrants.

Michael Camilleri
Senior Advisor to the USAID Administrator
Executive Director of USAID's Northern Triangle Task Force

Dr. Juan José Daboub
ThinkHUGE (Honduras, USA, Guatemala, El Salvador) Business and Investment Council

Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C
Vice President and Associate Provost
Associate Professor of Theology and Global Affairs
University of Notre Dame

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra
Partner & Certified Specialist
Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

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