Comes to Holly Auditorium BEARING WITNESS: STORIES FROM THE CENTRAL AMERICAN MIGRATION CRISIS
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) presents a webcast event on public perceptions of the global migration crisis, with a focus on images and stories of people forced to flee extreme violence and poverty in Central America. Panelists will share their experiences from the field, caring for displaced people and documenting the medical and mental health challenges they face.
Governments around the world are increasingly closing their borders and turning their backs on vulnerable people at a time when the number of forcibly displaced people is at a record high of 68.5 million. Refugees and asylum-seekers are often branded as criminals and terrorists, despite the fact that many of these people are themselves survivors of violence and persecution by armed groups. Under the US government's harsh "zero tolerance" border policy, thousands of people fleeing violence are being prosecuted, detained, and deported for the fully legal act of seeking asylum.
Documenting the stories of individuals who have risked everything in pursuit of safety is essential to countering narratives that dehumanize refugees and migrants. Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), as we discuss the importance of bearing witness and explore ways that journalists, activists, and humanitarian aid workers can share these stories with a wider public.
This free event is open to the public and fully accessible. This discussion is part of our programming around "Forced From Home," a free interactive exhibition about the global refugee crisis, open in San Antonio, TX, from November 4-11. Find out more at forcedfromhome.com.
Join us 6:30 PM for light refreshments at our pre-event reception.