Book talk and discussion of "Los Migrantes Que No Importan: En el Camino con los Centroamericanos Indocumentados en México"
Book by Oscar Martínez, Salvadoran journalist and coordinator of the project En el Camino
Discussants: Ruben Hernandez-Leon (Sociology, UCLA) & Leisy Abrego (Chicano and Chicano Studies, UCLA)
Friday, May 04, 201212:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Oscar Martínez spent more than a year with the undocumented Central American migrants crossing Mexico to get to the United States. He slept in migrant shelters, shared meals, rode on cargo trains and crossed the Rio Grande with these migrants. But above all, he listened to their stories, which he jotted in his note pad and later transformed into the 14 stories that make this book. In Los Migrantes Que No Importan, Martínez tells the tragic and largely untold story of hundreds of thousands of Hondurans, Salvadoreans, Guatemalans and Nicaraguans, who take flight from extreme poverty and, as they flee, and come face to face with the unjustifiable violence of criminals, kidnappers and rapists operating with the complicity and incompetence of Mexican authorities. The voyage of Central Americans en route to the United States is more than a trip between origin and destination. It is a journey that involves mass kidnappings by mafias linked to drug trafficking, constant sexual abuse and rape against women who walk desolate areas, hopping and traveling atop freight trains, having to face corrupt cops and officials, crossing desserts and rivers. It is an obstacle course that many cannot survive.
Presentation in Spanish with English translation available
Download file: Migrantes-n2-akr.pdf
Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, Program on International Migration, Sociology, Cesar E. Chavez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana and Chicano Studies