The Migrant Peacebuilding Project

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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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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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Getting Prepared!

Posted by Sam Chase on May 31, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, May 25:

Preparations for the project (as well as the Champions League final!) are well underway for the team. Javier has already returned to Guatemala, and in the next few days will be meeting with businessmen, our university research teams, and even the International Migrant Organization, who we hope can give us advice on maximizing the efficiency and reach of our project. Joe, John, and myself are all still in the States, booking flights and figuring out travel logistics for...

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