The Emory Chapter of Physicians for human rights, Colibrí Center for Human Rights and the Southern Border Communities Coalition invite you to stand in solidarity with thousands of disappeared migrants and their families who are relentless searching for answers and fighting for justice.
When- Friday August 30th at 4:15pm
Where- The Fountain behind Emory School of Medicine
What- A vigil to remember the disappeared (see info below). All that is needed is your presence.
The International Day of the Disappeared, which is observed on August 30, commemorates the hundreds of thousands of lives of those who have gone missing throughout the world. We especially feel the pain and hurt of this loss along the southern border region, where over the past two decades, reports that at least 5,570 people have disappeared crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
These terrible and heartbreaking losses are the result of decades of militarization of the southern border, stemming all the way back to 1994, when Operation Gatekeeper, which will see its 25th anniversary this year, was first enacted in San Diego, CA. These enforcement-only policies disregard human rights, and push desperate people further into dangerous wilderness to seek safety. On Day of the Disappeared, we remember all of those lost to the dangerous and deadly militarization of our border, and look forward towards A New Border Vision advocating for policies which expand public safety, uphold human rights, and welcome everyone to our region in a safe, humane and efficient way.