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These Women Formed A Caravan Out Of Desperation To Find Missing Family Members And Children

While the refugee caravan continues to make its way to the U.S./Mexico border — some have already arrived — there’s a new group of people that have also begun the journey. The group is made up entirely of women and they’re not interested in seeking asylum or entering America.

The group is called Caravan of Mothers of Disappeared Migrants and they’re walking to bring awareness to children they’ve lost.

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The 25 women, all mothers, sisters, and daughters, are walking alongside the caravan of Central America because just like them, their family members were also looking to escape their violent home country. By speaking to the media, and showing the pictures of their loved ones, they are hoping to bring awareness to countless people that have sought to cross the border and never made it. Their aim is to also show the dangers of walking to the border for thousands of miles without knowing anyone and seek help in finding them.

Despite their family being lost, the women say they will continue to look for them until their whereabouts are known.

“We look in parks, on trains, in camps, we post photos,” Katalina Lopez, a mom from Guatemala, told NBC News. “We inform other mothers looking for their children. We can’t rest.”

This is not the first time the caravan of women has begun a pilgrimage looking for their missing family members. The walk began with 11 mothers in 2006.

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With the help of Mesoamerican Migrant Movement — a nonprofit Mexico City-based organization — some women have actually been able to locate their loved ones. According to NBC News, the group has found 300 missing migrants.

One of those looking to have good news as well is María Elsa Ramírez, from Nicaragua who is searching for her sister-in-law who’s been missing since 2017. Ramírez said that her sister-in-law was traveling with her son, and while the son crossed over to the U.S. alone, his mom stayed behind with the coyote for an unknown reason.

“My heart isn’t broken,” Ramírez said to NBC News, “because she is alive and one day we will find her.”

This week, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico said 100 migrants are currently missing.

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“The office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has received information about a group of migrants who would have boarded two buses apparently not identified in the state of Puebla and whose whereabouts would be unknown,” said Chile president Michelle Bachelet, according to Telesur.

On Nov. 11, the Comisión Nacional de Los Derechos Humanos, pleaded with local state agencies to provide security to help protect the caravan and keep people together.

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“We ask federal and state authorities to consider the situation of extreme vulnerability of Caravana Migrante to provide security and surveillance on roads and facilitate humanitarian transfer to women, seniors, and children,” the Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos tweeted.

In the picture above, volunteers and workers with civil rights organization, hold hands and make a human chain in order for the caravan group to stay together when exiting and entering buses.

The women in search for their families aren’t making outlandish demands from the government, they just want answers and help.

¡Gracias…. Los Queremos!!!El mensaje de la madres centroamericanas al pueblo de México, a las organizaciones, colectivos y personas solidarias. Ellas retornaron esta mañana a sus paises de origen, fortalezidas y con la esperanza viva.www.movimientomigrantemesoamericano.org

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“We, the mothers of the world,” they stated on the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement website, “We demand that the separation of families be stopped since it is an inhuman and degrading practice. This separation of families takes place in detention centers, and as a result of forced migration and deportations…We demand that States assume their responsibility to respect the law and guarantee human rights. Our territories and our seas have become large pits. We oppose the normalization of this violence….We demand that free transit be guaranteed to migrants, under conditions of security, and of mothers, family members and their allies who seek their missing relatives in the territories where they may be found…We demand the right to truth and the clarification of facts.”


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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

A 9-year-old U.S. citizen was separated from her mother for 36 hours after agents at the border accused her of lying about her citizenship.

Like thousands of students in our country, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina’s daily commute requires her to cross the U.S. border.

The fourth-grade student attends Nicoloff Elementary School in San Ysidro, California and was in a carpool to school from her home in Tijuana when she ran into traffic. Medina, was commuting to school in a car driven by her mother’s friend Michelle Cardena, Cardena’s two children and her own older 14-year-old brother, Oscar. When the long line to get into the U.S. seemed to be jampacked upon their 4 a.m arrival, Cardenas instructed the kids in her car to walk to the border. She assured them that when they reached it, she would call them an Uber to get them the rest of the way to their school.

But Medina and her never made it across the border or to school that day.

According to the New York Times who talked to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, two Amparo and her brother arrived at one of the San Ysidro port of entry facilities for pedestrians at 10:15 a.m. last Monday.

Upon their arrival, Amparo and her brother presented their U.S. passports to a CBP officer who soon accused her of being someone else. Note: Amparo’s passport image which was taken years before so she did not look exactly like herself. They also accused her brother of smuggling.

A CBP spokesperson has said that Amparo “provided inconsistent information during her inspection, and CBP officers took the 9-year-old into custody to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

After CBP officers the confirmed that her brother was a U.S. citizen, he was permitted to enter the U.S while his sister stayed behind. It wasn’t until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, that Amparo was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen as well and was released and admitted to the U.S. to her mother.

Speaking to NBC7, Amparo said she was “scared” of her detention and that she was “sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself.”

According to Amparo’s mother Thelma Galaxia, her daughter claims that she was told by an officer that she and her brother would be released if she admitted to being her cousin. Galaxia claims that officers also convinced her son Oscar to sign a document that Amparo was his cousin and not his sister.

When Galaxia was alerted that her children had been detained she contacted the Mexican consulate.

After being notified by the consulate that her daughter would be released at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. While the family felt relieved to be grateful to be reunited with their daughter, Galaxia says the separation should never have happened.

Over the weekend, Twitter was swift to express their outrage over the incident.

Some even expressed their dismay of having a similar situation happen to them.

Many are using the incident as an example of the racial issues plaguing so many U.S. citizens like Amparo.

So many of the comments included outside opinions from those who have yet to experience the direct targetting of ICE.

Over all, nearly everyone was quick to point out the saddest aspect of Amparo’s experience.

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