As the news from the border continues to worsen, join our webinar to hear from Guatemalans who worked many years in the United States and were recently returned to their home country. Learn why people decide to begin the journey of migration and how we can help migrants and asylum seekers now.
Beder Girón and Mario Santos with the Association of Returned Guatemalans
Returned migrants face a host of challenges when reintegrating into Guatemalan society. Asociación de Retornados Guatemaltecos (ARG) facilitates their transition by connecting them with potential employers and creating partnerships with the government that provide greater vocational training and job placement opportunities.
Doug Herzler, Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid
Doug’s work focuses on land rights and food security issues in Africa and Central and South America. His portfolio includes monitoring large-scale agricultural investment policies, such as the G7 New Alliance and Grow Africa. Doug holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and has conducted research on social movements and land rights in Bolivia. Prior to that he spent over five years living in indigenous smallholder villages in eastern Bolivia where he worked with agro-forestry and other rural development projects. From 2001 through 2012, he served as a faculty member at Eastern Mennonite University, and as Associate Director of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center. Doug has a deep personal background in agriculture, having been raised in dairy, corn, soy, and vegetable farming in central Pennsylvania.
Susan Krehbiel, Catalyst for Refugees and Asylum, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Susan coordinates PC(USA) humanitarian response and advocacy on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers and other forced migrants. She coordinates PDA assistance and technical support to mid-councils and local task forces to equip congregations in their respective ministries. She also works with other PC(USA) ministries and with ecumenical and interfaith partners to expand our capacity to serve refugees and other vulnerable migrants.
Catherine Gordon, Representative for International Issues, Office of Public Witness