Briefing Included Testimonial from Children and their Mother, Experts, and Next Steps for the READ (Refugee Enrichment And Development) Project
WHAT: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), other institutions, and individuals held a briefing titled State of Central American Children Fleeing Violence Crisis for the press, concerned national and local leaders, other organizations, and individuals.
WHO: Briefing included:
- Opening Remarks – Jose Antonio Tijerino, HHF
- Testimonial from Central American Mother and Children who made the Journey
- State of the Crisis in US – Tiffany Nelms, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
- Crisis at the Border by the Numbers – Ana Gonzalez, Pew Research Center
- Meeting the Immediate Needs of Families – Sister Norma Pimentel, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
- From border to States and Counties
- State Response – Maria Martinez, Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs-State of Maryland
- Special Guest Remarks
- County Response – Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro
- Health response – Dr. Christian Cornejo, Mary’s Center
- Legal response – Elizabeth Dallam, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
- Family Unification and Trauma – Luis Cardona, (HHS) Health and Human Services
- Education – Harlyn Pacheco, Qlovi Education
WHEN: Thursday, August 14, 12-2 p.m.
WHERE: National Press Club
The State of Central American Children Fleeing Violence Crisis briefing was part of HHF’s READ (Refugee Enrichment And Development) Project, which is non-political, non-partisan, and non-immigration-reform related but focused providing hope, emotional outlets, and education to the children through reading, playing, and praying. Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org for info on HHF.
CONTACT: Santiago Melli-Huber, (202) 558-9473, SantiagoMH@hispanicheritage.org