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UC San Diego - Beyond the Wall: The Aftermath of Deportation in Mexico

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UC San Diego - Old Student Center - 1st Floor

Huerta Vera Cruz Room

La Jolla, CA 92093

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As part of the Challenging Conversations event series, the Institute of Arts & Humanities (IAH) at UC San Diego invites you to a special presentation discussing deportation and border policy in Mexico and the United States.

Special guests include members of Otros Dreams en Accion (ODA), including Co-Director Maggie Loredo, who work on both sides of the border with Mexicans deported during the Obama and Trump administrations. Loredo and ODA members will discuss the realities of the aftermath of deportation, the effect of U.S. and Mexican policies on deported communities, their advocacy work in Mexico and the U.S., and the lives of undocumented, deported and returned communities now living in exile.

The event will conclude with an audience question and answer session.

Event is FREE and open to the public. PLEASE RSVP - space is limited!




SCHEDULE:

  • 5:55PM: Doors Open
  • 6:15PM: Introduction
  • 6:20PM: Presentation by ODA
  • 7:20PM: Audience Question & Answer Session
  • 8:00PM: Event concludes


ABOUT Otros Dreams en Accion (ODA):

ODA is devoted to mutual support and political action for and by those of us who lived in the United States and now find themselves back in México due to deportation, deportation of a relative, or a forced return.

ABOUT SPEAKERS FROM ODA:

Maggie Loredo was born in San Luis Potosi, México. She migrated undocumented to the United States with her family at the age of two. She was forced to return to Mexico upon high school graduation in 2008. Maggie has been living in Mexico for the last decade. In 2014, Maggie contributed with her experience in the book "Los Otros DREAMers" co-authored by Dr. Jill Anderson and Nin Solis. Since 2013 Maggie has been an active spokesperson of her experience along with other deportees and returnees in her community. She has participated in various trans local academic spaces and international media. In 2015 Maggie co-founded a Mexican non profit named "Otros Dreams en Acción". She is currently co-director of ODA and is dedicated to giving visibility and demanding their rights be respected on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Maggie is part of a growing community living in exile away from their loved once and homes.

Leni Alvarez lived in Florida for 14 years, when she was 16 she found out about her undocumented status. As a mixed status family they all came back in 2009 to Mexico because of the stricter immigration laws that were impacting us and financial crisis. Leni arrived to a country where she did not “fit” into their bureaucratic system and where she was rebuilding her identity. She studied International business management & two years of social anthropology in the University of Veracruz. Her life experience has led her to become an advocate for human mobility, wanting her efforts and of her community to support in creating a better MX for migrants. She is an active spokesperson in ODA in Mexico City.

Maira García Saldívar is a human rights activist based in Mexico City. She was born in Mexico City but relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee when she was five years old and grew up near the Smoky Mountains. In 2008, at the age of 18 during the Pre-DACA Era, she voluntarily returned to her native Mexico. In 2014, she graduated from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, also known as ITESM) with a degree in Political Science. While working as a consultant for the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF), she completed a postgraduate course for the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) and is now a specialist in International Migration. Her personal experience as a former undocumented immigrant, and her close interaction with the immigrant community has significantly influenced her fight for social justice. Currently, she is working full- time on her Master’s thesis for the COLEF in the same area and is a member of Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA), an organization that works with returned and deported youth.

Victor Hugo’s family migrated to the U.S. in 1997 when he was just 3 years old. He spent the next 15 years in Las Vegas growing up in a bi-cultural environment. In 2012 a week after his 18th birthday his dad was detained outside of their home and ultimately deported. Being an only child Victor and his mother decided to move to Mexico to keep their small, but strong family together. In Mexico he majored in Language teaching and spent some time teaching in China. He currently works as a foreign language teacher for the Health University of the State of Mexico and is an active member of ODA raising awareness on the issues of immigration and spends much of his time helping other returnees adjust to life in Mexico.



PARKING:

The closest visitor parking is in the Gilman Parking Structure (map link) or the Osler Parking Structure (map link). *Note ALL visitors must purchase a temporary parking permit at the lot, as there is no free parking on campus. (Read campus parking details). Please alot extra time to park and walk from the parking structures. Alternatively, guests are encouraged to use a ride share service like Lyft.




DIRECTIONS:

The lecture is on the UC San Diego campus, in the Old Student Center, in the Huerta Cruz Room. The room is below the LGBT Resource Center, behind the Taco Villa near the Mandeville Auditorium Coffee Cart.




SPONSORS:

This event is hosted by the Institute of Arts & Humanities (IAH) in partnership with Chicana/o Latina/o Arts & Humanities (CLAH) Program at UC San Diego. Support is also provided by the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at San Diego City College.

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