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Oaxaca de Juárez
Talk - Serving the International Migrant Population:
La Casa del Migrante de Oaxaca In recent decades, the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, has become one the top states in Mexico with the highest international migration, primarily to the United States NOTE EARLIER START TIME OF 4:30PM
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Oaxaca de Juárez, Calle de José María Pino Suárez 519, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
About the event
In recent decades, the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, has become one the top states in Mexico with the highest international migration, primarily to the United States. The Oaxacan state government estimates that there are about two million migrants from Oaxaca currently living in the United States. It also estimates that yearly about 25,000 Oaxacans emigrate and about 25,000 return. The city of Oaxaca, as the capital of the state and due to its central geographical location of the state, is the main point of departure and return. Migrants who return do so primarily because they are forced to return or are deported. The Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Mexican federal government estimate that since the economic recession of 2007 in the United States to the present, about 500,000 migrants from Oaxaca have returned or were deported.
The focus of this presentation will be on La Casa del Migrante de Oaxaca, which is a project in development to assist the general international migrant population of the state of Oaxaca. It will offer services focused on human rights, with a gender and diversity perspective, an intercultural perspective and community perspective.
Francisco Mireles was born in the Sierra Juarez Region of Oaxaca, Mexico. He emigrated to the United States when he was 15 years old, and attended and graduated from Madera High School in the city of Madera, California. He applied and was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley, but due to his immigration status and financial challenges was not able to attend. Instead, he attended and graduated from California State University, Fresno. During his college years, he was selected to participate in national internships with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Also, he was elected to be part of the student government at the university.
Unfortunately, he was not able to legalize his immigration status and was deported to Mexico a few years ago. He decided to return to Oaxaca to restart his life, the most difficult experience of his life. Thanks to the economic support of friends in the United States, he has been able to continue his higher education in Mexico. He has studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Autonomous University Benito Juarez of Oaxaca (UABJO) and Columbia University, among others. Currently, he serves on advisory boards of community based organizations and higher education institutions in Oaxaca and the United States.
Photo by Carlos Cantu. The photo is Alejandro Santiago’s “2501 Migrantes” (2501 migrants) art installation in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico, 2016.
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