2012 Voice of the Voiceless – Forum on Immigration

Friday, April 27 6-9PM and,  Saturday, April 28 8AM-1PM

Saint Patrick Cathedral Multipurpose Center
1111 N. Stanton St.
El Paso, TX

Free and open to the public – seating is limited. Tune into the live webcast.

Keynote speakers include:

Javier Sicilia, Mexican journalist, poet, and activist; initiator of El Por La Paz con, Justicia y Dignidad.
Topic: Hope in the Midst Violence.

Jennifer Harbury, Esq., international human rights activist.
Topic: Violence upon the Immigrant: From Central America, through Mexico and into the United States

Michael Seifert, theologian and grassroots organizer.
Topic: Theological Overview of the Immigrant’s Right to be Human in the Context of Violence

Mary Harding, torture survivor head of the Truth Speakers Program of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International.
Topic: Naming the Unspeakable

Panelists include:

Marisela Reyes Salazar
a social activist from the Juarez Valley. She has publicly called for justice for women murdered in Chihuahua and repeatedly protested the impunity with which Mexican officials function among many other human rights-related activities.

Dr. Leticia Chavarria
one of the founding members of the Comité Médico Ciudadano de Cd. Juarez, which is “a group of citizens for citizens” concerned about the insecurity and violence in Cd. Juarez.
Sister Betty Campbell, RSM, co-founder of Tabor House, has dedicated her life to speaking the truth of the violence that mars the communities in which she lives and has grown to know and love in numerous Latin American countries.

Silvia Mendez
the Administrator and Coordinator of Popular Communities at the Paso del Norte Human rights Center in Cd. Juarez.

Cipriana Jurado
a Mexican human rights worker who has been granted asylum in the U.S. after having to leave her home in Mexico due to apparent violence and lawlessness.

Raul Gomez-Franco
a 33-year veteran of journalism, works with El Diario, who together with El Diario Director Osvaldo Rodriguez Borunda won Mexico’s National Journalism Price in 2010 for his editorial “What do they want from us?” a text directed at Mexican authorities following two assassinations of El Diario journalists in two days.

Anonymous couple
parents from Cd. Juarez. He was a student and employee in engineering; she was a nurse. They are survivors of extortion and kidnapping at the hands of police agents.

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