Central America

The Refugee Crisis in Central America

The Northern Triangle Countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are the primary sources of the refugee crisis.

"The spike in cross-border and internal displacement in the northern triangle is to some extent manufactured in the US.  Between 2013 and 2015, the US government authorised the deportation of more than 300,000 Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans with criminal records."

This led to:
  • Sharp uptick in criminal violence
  • Strained local criminal justice and penal systems
  • Overcrowded prisons became crime colleges

Routes Refugees Take North

The Women and Children Fleeing the Violence in Central America are Refugees, Not Migrants.

Mexico Aids Refugees

Children from El Salvador and Honduras Resettled in Mexico City.

Doctors Without Borders Helps Refugees in Mexico


A Neglected Healthcare Crisis
"Providing medical aid for people living in or fleeing from Central America is not a simple task.  The needs of marginalised groups are very often ignored, victims of sexual violence are often stigmatised, and patients requiring mental health treatment often find it difficult to access skilled psychologists."

 Pueblo Sin Fronteras
"We accompany migrants and refugees in their journey of hope, and together demand our human rights.

We provide humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees."
On their journey North, residents of Ixtapec, Mexico 
provide refugees with food and shelter.

UN Aids Refugees Seeking Asylum in Mexico 

Refugees Who Enter the US 
Are Put in Detention Centers

Now Refugees Seeking Asylum in US
are Deliberately Labeled 'Illegal Immigrants', 
Charged with a Crime, and Have their Children Taken Away  
United Nations' Statement on Actions by US Government 
Towards Refugee Families

"The United Nations called on the United States on Tuesday [06/05/18] to stop detaining irregular migrant families and separating children on its frontier with Mexico, saying this broke the law."

"The United States--the only country in the world not to have ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child--still has obligations as a signatory to that treaty and as a party that has ratified other rights treaties, Shamdasani [U.N. Human Rights spokesperson] said."

According to US Law, a Refugee is Someone Who:
  • Is located outside the United States
  • Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States
  • Demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
  • Is not firmly resettled in another country
  • Is admissible to the United States
 Those Fleeing the Violence and Terror in Central America
 are Refugees, not Criminals
Resettlement in the United States
 When refugees have been accepted into the US, they become mixed with the immigrant population.

The States Taking the Highest Percentages of 
Central American Refugees Tend to have Large Catholic Populations

Criminalizing and Deporting Central American Refugees 
Can Be a Death Sentence

A Program of the US Government to Help Central American Children Seeking Asylum was Halted in 2017.

Those Who Confuse Refugees with Immigrants Think a 
Border Wall Would Be a Good Solution

In the Past, the United States was a 
Beacon of Hope for Refugees


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