On Tuesday, April 14, at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School library, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Adult and Community Education of MV (ACE MV) will present a discussion titled “Eyewitness Report from the Border Update: Women and Children in Detention” with a photography exhibition of Guatemala by local photographer and South Mountain architect Derrill Bazzy, and social justice projects from the spring session of Fitchburg State University’s Arts, Education and Social Justice graduate course, to celebrate Latin American History Month and the just-past International Women’s History Month.
Hundreds of women and children seeking asylum from violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are being detained in overcrowded conditions in Dilley, Texas. Local immigration lawyer Rebecca McCarthy and educator and interpreter Lynn Ditchfield, M.A., M.Ed., joined by Lorena Crespo and Valeria Esnal, will share impressions from their experience joining the American Immigration Lawyers Association pro bono project to defend the rights of mothers and children in detention. Presenters will share the stories of these families, and give an update of the current situation.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. MVCC provided scholarships for some of the Social Justice students whose public-impact projects will be displayed.