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Polarization in the Northern Triangle and the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis

With Judit Arenas, Senior Director and Senior Adviser on International Relations to the Founder and Chair of APCO Worldwide

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Fernanda Estrada, former Project Management Specialist at USAID/Mexico in the Justice and Citizen Security Office. 

What do polarization and racial reckoning have to do with the latest border crisis? How can the governments of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and the U.S. collaborate with NGOs and the private sector to address mass migration - and how can they learn from similar challenges worldwide?

When: April 14, 7:00 pm -8:30 pm (ET) 

Where: Online Offering

Students accepted to the program will receive a package of tea by mail (location permitting) 

Applications due Wednesday, April 7 at 5:00 pm.

About the Facilitators

Judit Arenas is a Senior Director and Senior Adviser on International Relations to the Founder and Chair of APCO Worldwide. Prior to joining APCO, she was the Director of External Relations for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) where she led IDLO’s external positioning as the only intergovernmental organization focused exclusively on promoting the rule of law. She served concurrently as Deputy Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York. At the United Nations, Ms. Arenas was IDLO’s chief negotiator for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development where she contributed to the adoption of Goal 16 on peace and justice. 

A long-standing human rights and development activist, with experience ranging from campaigning to protection and policy advocacy, she also serves as the Senior Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Irene Khan.

 

Her career in the non-profit sector includes roles as chief of staff to the Secretary General of Amnesty International, as Global Media Director for Amnesty and as deputy coordinator for the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. Ms. Arenas has extensive field experience and is a recognized speaker on governance, rule of law, transparency, gender and rule of law issues, including as a TedX speaker.

Fernanda Estrada served as a Project Management Specialist at USAID/Mexico in the Justice and Citizen Security Office, where she worked on social reinsertion programs for youth in conflict with the law in Mexico. Previously, Fernanda worked at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, Texas as a Protection Officer. She managed the repatriation program of vulnerable Mexican immigrants including indigenous people, injured and ill, unaccompanied minors and material witnesses. 

As an official for two governments, she has a unique understanding of the structural inadequacies in addressing the needs of vulnerable populations in the region. Fernanda is currently pursuing a Masters in Global Human Development at Georgetown University. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico. She also studied abroad at Sciences Po Paris.

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