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United Nations Representatives Visit the Scalabrinian Mission of Cucuta, Colombia as Part of Their Interest in Understanding the Complex Situation at the Border with Venezuela

OCT 04 2016 by SIMN
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Gerad Gómez and Wendy Cue, representatives of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), for Colombia and Central and South America respectively, interested in understanding the complex situation that exists along the Colombian-Venezuelan border as a result of massive deportations, visited places known for their activities in aid of the deportees. Among these were “Migración Colombia” and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia. 

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Altos Representantes de Naciones Unidas visitan la Misión Scalabriniana de Cúcuta, Colombia en su interés por conocer la compleja situación en la frontera colombo-venezolana

OCT 04 2016 by SIMN
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Gerad Gómez y Wendy Cue representantes de La Oficina para la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios (OCHA), de Colombia y Centro y Sur América respectivamente, en su interés por conocer la compleja situación en la frontera colombo-venezolana tras las masivas deportaciones visitaron espacios reconocidos por su accionar en favor de los deportados, entre los que se contaron la Cancillería de la República y Migración Colombia.

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Shadow Summit | The US Response to Central American Refugees

SEP 20 2016 by SIMN
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The United States and other nations are hosting a leader’s summit on September 20th to discuss the world refugee crisis and how nations can increase their commitments to refugee protection worldwide.

Before the September 20th summit, join experts, academics and civil society for a shadow summit from 8:30am to 11:00am online or in-person at the Center for Migration Studies of New York (307 East 60th Street, 6th Floor, New York).

The event will look at the U.S. record in its own backyard, specifically the policy response to unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America. Speakers will grade U.S. policies from a humanitarian perspective, examining push factors, protection needs, and the impact of enforcement and deterrence strategies.

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THE UNHEARD CRY

SEP 19 2016 by SIMN
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On September 19, 2016, Fr. Flor Maria Rigoni, Director of the Scalabrini Shelter in Tapachula and Representative of the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) in Mexico, delivered the following intervention entitled "The Unheard Cry" at the Side Event, organized by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, Caritas Internationalis and the International Catholic Migration Commission,  on the "Role of Religious Organizations in Responding to Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants" in the United Nations Global Summit on Refugees and Migrants:  

I represent today the Scalabrini Casas del Migrante Network in Mexico and Central America and partly the Mexican church. Just a statistic: in the last 30 years from the foundation of the first Casa we have welcomed 700,005 migrants, deportees or asylum seekers. The Church in Mexico provide today 74 shelters from this people.

Yet I will present a holistic approach starting from a humanitarian, political and anthropological perspective.

Today I am here, neither as a man nor a missionary, nor even as a representative of a voiceless people:

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