Wednesday evening, officials with La Mujer Obrera announced they will be hosting “America the Borderland” in mid June.
“In an effort to confront the intense debate around immigration and threats against immigrant rights, our team of undergraduate students and faculty traveled to El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, for two weeks in May 2018 to conduct 50 interviews with community leaders, faith leaders, advocates and organizers in an effort to learn what makes them commit themselves to this work,” said Joel Pruce, an assistant professor of human rights and coordinator of the Moral Courage Project.
“America the Borderland” is an exhibit designed to shine a light on human rights defenders at the US-Mexico border.” officials shared via email.
The exhibit is presented by the University of Dayton Human Rights Center’s Moral Courage Project and PROOF: Media for Social Change and will run for one month before the exhibit travels to openings in New York City at the White & Case International Law Firm and the Newark Public Library in Newark, New Jersey.
The Moral Courage Project also works with the University of Dayton human rights studies program and PROOF: Media for Social Justice, an organization specializing in visual storytelling for human rights and peacebuilding.
In addition to the exhibit, “America the Borderland” consists of a podcast, an interactive website, and a booklet, which will be available at Cafe Mayapan.
“I believe storytelling is one of the most powerful ways we can do human rights advocacy. Listening to other people and hearing their stories is a transformative act for the listener and the teller of the story because they are being exposed to someone else’s perspective that they’ve never had before,” said Rose Dyar, a human rights studies major who went on the trip to El Paso.
The launch will feature a free, public reception at Museo Mayachen in Cafe Mayapan on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6pm.