Internationally-known human rights activist Enrique Morones, who has appeared on NBC, CNN, CBS, BBC and other news channels, will speak about the recent issue of many Central American children fleeing to the United States, at Joliet Junior College on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. on the Main Campus Bridge, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
This presentation is in coordination with the college’s observance of Latin@ Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15.
“This event will really put a face to the issue, and will educate the campus and the community,” said Michelle Roman, director of multicultural student affairs at JJC. “Having Enrique Morones on campus will help audience members gain a world view of this issue. It’s our responsibility to prepare students to be a part of a global society – and this event will help broaden the views of both students and the local community.”
Hispanic Business Magazine recognizes Morones, president of the non-profit organization Border Angels, as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the U.S. Morones recently won the Frontline human rights international award for his lifelong dedication to human rights, and in the past has had his own shows with Bill O’Reilly and Lou Dobbs.
According to a July 2 Chicago Tribune article, the issue of Central American children crossing the border came to light earlier this summer. The article states that among the many children, 2,400 have come from San Pedro Sula, Honduras – a city that has the highest murder rate in the world. While Central American children have fled to the U.S. in years past to escape the extreme violence in their countries, this year, the Unaccompanied Alien Children program estimates that 60,000 will cross the border in 2014, in contrast to 24,668 in 2013.
In addition to Morones’ presentation about this topic, there will be a question and answer session. The event is free and open to the community.
For more information about the event, or about other activities during Latin@ Heritage Month at JJC, visit http://www.jjc.edu/services-for-students/support-programs-services/multicultural-affairs/Pages/default.aspx or contact Roman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-280-6680.