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Starting in New Jersey

Posted by Greg Morano on June 8, 2015 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1)

We have been working hard to past few days to get our project started in New Jersey. We submitted the project to the Colby Institutional Review Board and they approved our proposed research and methodology. On Saturday we went to El Centro to reach out to the community and make sure all of our contacts were in place. We ended up leading a book club and it was good practice to dust off our Spanish in preparation for our interviews. After reading, we set up two interviews with two Guatemalan br...

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Obama's Immigration Order and Its Potential Effects on Guatemalan Migrants

Posted by migrant.peacebuilding.project on January 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

By Greg Morano and Emily Muller



President Barack Obama’s executive order may set many important precedents for U.S. immigration policy in the years to come. As an executive order it is vulnerable to cha...

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Final Blog Post

Posted by migrant.peacebuilding.project on September 7, 2013 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

All of us at the Migrant Peacebuilding Project are extremely pleased to report that Sunday’s job fair was a complete success! From 1-6 at the Grand Tikal Futura Hotel we hosted 12 businesses and migrant aid services offering employment and support, and we estimate around 200 job seekers attended. In addition to employment services, we offered a resume building station, talks on interview tips, a place where people could obtain and print their police records (a requirement for many jobs ...

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Interviews and Job Fair publicity

Posted by Sam Chase on August 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

After a lot of hard work, our final job fair is finally on the horizon! This Sunday, at the Grand Tikal Futura Hotel, more than 10 companies as well as migrant aid and governmental organizations, will gather to offer employment and support to anyone who shows up. In addition to the available jobs, which are being offered in industries ranging from call centers to computer repair to the police, we will have a talk on interview tips, a resume building works...

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Educational Seminar and Updates

Posted by Sam Chase on July 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we had the opportunity to visit a local school and conduct the second of our educational seminars on the topic of migration. One of the participants from our first focus group is a teacher who was very interested in our project, and invited us to give a presentation about the issue to a group of students who have been studying the Guatemalan internal conflict, which officially ended in 1996. Migration patterns, particularly those of ‘first wav...

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Conducting Surveys

Posted by Sam Chase on July 23, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Two weeks ago, we started disseminating a survey to measure the public perception of migrant workers who have been deported by the United States government. Our team created the survey with the input and approval of a few different think tanks and research organizations which generously donated their time and expertise to helping us create the final product. The survey, which is available on the Spanish language version of our website, should allow us to ...

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Witnessing Forced Returns Firsthand

Posted by Sam Chase on July 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On Friday, we were fortunate enough to accompany members of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to witness an ICE plane forcibly returning migrants to Guatemala. As anyone reading this blog likely already knows, the number of people deported from the United States has grown steadily since 2007. According to the Guatemalan Office of Migration Affairs, more than 40,000 undocumented persons were forcibly removed from the United States in 2012...

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Focus Group One

Posted by Sam Chase on July 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Thursday night our team had the opportunity to host a focus group consisting of interested people for the purposes of discussing the issues of migration, and to allow us to better identify and address the specific stigmas and challenges faced by returning migrants. The discussion was deeply interesting, and was incredibly useful for our work and research; some of what was said allowed us to confirm what we had already suspected, but the conversation also ...

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Making Progress

Posted by Sam Chase on July 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We are slowly but surely getting off the ground in Guatemala. The bureaucratic process of getting in touch with interested private sector businesses and other organizations which assist deported migrants can be difficult, but it is heartening to see that we are getting somewhere. We have already received offers from several companies which say they would be interested in hiring migrants, and next week we hope to meet some of the US government chartered pl...

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We Have Arrived!

Posted by Sam Chase on June 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

6/24/13: After a fairly easy flight into La Aurora Airport on Friday, Joe and I have finally joined Javier in Guatemala City! John Bengtson is finishing up an internship in Washington DC and will be joining the group on the 30th, by which time we hope to have the basics of the project up and running. Before we arrived, Javier was busy preparing and establishing contacts within the business and NGO communities, and participated in an Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) conference for...

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