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Women on the Run: First-Hand Accounts of Refugees Fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico

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Women on the Run: First-Hand Accounts of Refugees Fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico

Since 2008, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recorded a dramatic increase in people seeking refuge from endemic levels of violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—otherwise known as the Northern Triangle region. Neighboring Central American countries and Mexico have seen the number of asylum applications from the Northern Triangle grow thirteenfold. The United States alone received more than 125,000 requests for asylum from individuals from these countries. Women fleeing this region and parts of Mexico make up part of an under-reported and poorly understood refugee situation.  

 
Join us for a presentation by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Honorable António Guterres, as he launches a new UNHCR report, Women on the Run. This report portrays first-hand accounts of 160 of the women from the Northern Triangle and parts of Mexico who have been screened by the U.S. Government to have a legitimate claim for asylum. A panel discussion on this looming refugee crisis and the need for a regional response will follow.

 

For more information and to read the full report, visit womenonthe.run

Speakers

  • António Guterres

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Eric L. Olson

    Global Fellow
    Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation
  • Doris Meissner

    Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute; Former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Leslie E. Vélez

    Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR Washington Office
  • Elizabeth Ferris

    Research Professor, Georgetown University; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution