WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Screening and Panel Discussion of “The Vertical Border”

2:00 P.M. Tuesday, 15 March 2022

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Habesha Project, and the Drug Policy Program of the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) cordially invite you to a screening and panel discussion of the new documentary The Vertical Border.

This documentary by the Habesha Project and CIDE’s Drug Policy Program (trailer here) explores why migrants and asylum seekers from northern Central America leave their communities and chronicles some of the dangers they face due to current migration policies in Mexico and the United States. In particular, the film analyzes how the U.S. government has sought to prevent migrants from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border, how the Mexican government has responded to pressure to serve as a buffer against migration, and the negative and counterproductive effects of migration policies centered on deterrence and border externalization.

The screening will immediately be followed by a panel discussion including filmmakers Sonja Wolf and Maxime Pluvinet. Registered attendees will also be sent a link that will give them the option of watching the documentary online prior to the event, in which case they can join the panelist discussion directly at 3:15 p.m. ET.

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Event Details
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Film screening: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. ET
Panelist discussion: 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET


Sonja Wolf
Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE)

Maxime Pluvinet
Visual Content Creator
The Habesha Project

David Scott FitzGerald
University of California San Diego

Stephanie Brewer
Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights

Maureen Meyer
Vice President for Programs

The film has English subtitles. Please note that the panelist conversation will have simultaneous translation between English and Spanish, available exclusively through Zoom.