WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Stranded Between Borders: Draconian Responses to a Regional Migration Crisis

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, 12 August 2020


Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) for the last event in a four-part series that brings together experts across the region to examine the Trump administration’s Latin America policy and its consequences for human rights and democracy. 

On Wednesday, August 12 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) will hold the final panel in its four-part series exploring the Trump administration’s profound impact on human rights and democracy throughout Latin America—and imagining alternative, human rights-respecting approaches to U.S. foreign policy. Migration in the region has soared in recent years, with the U.S.-Mexico border and Venezuela becoming hotspots. The Trump administration has responded by promoting policies that endanger the lives of migrants. It has threatened Mexico into adopting harsher migration enforcement policies, reached safe third country agreements with Central American countries that are anything but safe, and used the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext for ending the right to asylum at the border. Additionally the Trump administration has abdicated its leadership in encouraging a multilateral response to Venezuelan displacement. Since 2019, countries such as Ecuador and Peru have imposed visa restrictions making it difficult for Venezuelan migrants, who are fleeing dire circumstances, to gain entry and regular status abroad. The COVID crisis has justified the indefinite closing of borders, forcing Venezuelan migrants to either return home or flee through informal crossing points. 

Join us next Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT for the fourth panel in this series which will take stock of the impact in Latin America of the Trump administration’s draconian approach to migration, which has left millions of asylum-seekers, refugees, and migrants trapped between borders in the middle of a deadly pandemic. You can send your questions during the event by using #WOLATakingStock and tagging @WOLA_org on Twitter. 

Event Details:

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT


Gretchen Kuhner

Director, Institute for Women in Migration, Mexico

Ursula Roldán

Director of the Institute for Research and Projection on Global and Territorial Dynamics of the Rafael Landívar University, Guatemala

Marco Romero
Director for CODHES and Professor at the National University of Colombia, Colombia


Adam Isacson 
WOLA Director for Defense Oversight

Closing remarks:

Maureen Meyer
WOLA Vice President for Programs and Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights

Simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish will be available.

Instructions for webinar access will be emailed to registered participants.

Watch videos of past events in the series here.