Many current political, economical, and social issues debated today in the Unites States involve Latinos. This page is dedicated to those who wish to explore these issues on an intellectual and collaborative level. We welcome commentary and contributions from any and all users of this website, regardless of community or academic affiliation.
One of the issues that greatly impacts both local and national Latino populations is immigration. A group of Trinity students recently traveled to the U.S.-Mexican border with the non-profit educational group Borderlinks, based in Tucson, Arizona. Thanks to the Mellon Foundation, we were able to speak with a host of experts on immigration right at the border. Our purpose was to learn more about why citizens of other countries cross our borders, how the border is enforced, how human rights groups help migrants in distress, how the complicated dynamic of international trade and travel works, and what legislative measures have been and could possibly be taken to emeliorate what we clearly saw as a human rights crisis in progress. For more information about our trip and what we saw, read our journals below.
REFUGEES IN HARTFORD
While historically many refugees who found themselves in Hartford were of Hispanic heritage–Cuban, Central American, Colombian–refugees being directed to Hartford by the federal government today belong to one of three groups: Burmese Karen, Somali Bantus, and Iraqis. The concrete needs of refugees worldwide are the same regardless of ethnicity or national origin, however, and there is much to learn about all refugees by studying the process by which they arrive, and how their needs are met when they reach the nutmeg state. Catholic Charities works together with volunteers to provide refugees with a furnished, safe space to call home; English lessons and orientation to the city; job training and placement. Trinity students learning about cultural rights in the course LACS 285: Cultural Rights, a colloquium course taught in the Language and Culture Studies Department, decided to learn more about refugees in Hartford and how to help them. If you would like to learn more about their experiences and how to help a refugee family yourself, click on the link below titled “Cultural Rights Refugee Apartment Project.”