With more unaccompanied children who are indigenous language speakers crossing the border and interacting with advocates at ORR shelters and in the community, it is imperative that we practice cultural humility: the process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby an individual not only learns about another’s culture, but starts with an examination of their own beliefs and cultural identities. Speakers from Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras and the International Mayan League speak to our network about the historical context of the marginalization of indigenous peoples and how that impacts the migrant experience, including interactions with the legal system and legal teams, for indigenous people and children.
Produced for the Vera Unaccompanied Children Network.
April 28, 2020
- Juanita Cabrera Lopez, Executive Director, International Mayan League
- Blake Gentry AmaConsultants.org LLC
- Dr. Patrisia Gonzales, Associate Professor, Mexican American Studies, UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney, CILA