Large-Scale Breakout Sessions
Saturday, 11/3, 8:20-9:10 PM
Journeying Together: A Comprehensive Look at Migration
Panel Description: This session provides a personal look at every stage of the journey of those who migrate. Explore root causes of migration, hear a personal story of asylum and detention, and discuss border realities and the situation of those who are undocumented in the U.S.
Senior Technical Advisor for Youth, Catholic Relief Services
Maureen A. Herman joined the staff of CRS as Senior Technical Advisor for Youth in October of 2016. She has over 15 years of experience supporting the design, implementation, and evaluation of youth programs in developing countries and the U.S. Ms. Herman has held numerous leadership positions in government and non-profit organizations where her work has focused on expanding opportunities for young people, particularly out-of-school and at-risk youth. Prior to joining CRS, Ms. Herman co-managed the U.S. Department of Education’s grant programs for neglected, delinquent and at-risk youth. She has also worked in organizational development and capacity building for the Guatemalan Secretary of Food Security, the Latin American Youth Center and the U.S. Peace Corps. Ms. Herman started her youth development career in Paraguay, where she served for eight years as Executive Director of the ProJOVEN (ForYOUTH) which pioneered in the application of alternative measures to incarceration for youth in conflict with the law. Ms. Herman graduated from the Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C. and received her Master’s in International Relations and in Communications from Boston University. She speaks Spanish and German.
Director of Education and Advocacy, Kino Border Initiative
Joanna Williams is a graduate of Georgetown University and is currently the Director of Education and Advocacy at the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) in Nogales, Arizona and Sonora. Prior to her current position, she had journeyed with immigrants in a variety of contexts, including volunteering at a shelter in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, Fulbright research on the reintegration of deported and return migrants, and work as a program assistant for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Border Litigation Project.
Fredys fled threats in Honduras and made the long journey through Mexico to seek safety. He arrived at the Kino Border Initiative aid center in the summer of 2017 and decided to seek asylum in the United States. After enduring many difficult months of detention, thanks to the support of many people in the community, he was released and soon afterwards won his asylum case.
Consumer Justice Paralegal, Urban Justice Center Community Development Project
Miriam is a proud Mexican immigrant raised in California and is currently a paralegal with the Consumer Justice team. Prior to CDP, Miriam was an organizer at Workers Justice Project where she helped develop a hiring hall for women day laborers in Williamsburg. Miriam graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2017 with a B.A. in Politics and Latin American Studies. During her undergraduate career, she gained organizing experience through the fight to make her alma matter become a more inclusive and supportive space for undocumented students. She was the co-founder of UndocuWeek at USF and helped advocate for the Magis Fellowship, a scholarship fund dedicated to undocumented students.