Father Alejandro Solalinde, who received the 2012 National Human Rights Award, will speak at the University of Puget Sound about the dangers faced by Central and South American people who travel through Mexico on their way to the United States.
The talk will take place Wednesday April 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the university’s Kilworth Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Solalinde is a Catholic priest and immigrant rights activist in Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. He coordinates the Pastoral de Movilidad Humana Pacífico Sur del Episcopado Mexicano and is the director and founder of Hermanos en el Camino, a shelter and center for immigrants passing through southwest Mexico.
Solalinde has become a key international human rights figure and spokesperson for migrants. His work highlights the need for widening the debate on immigration in the United States, a conversation the university hopes to open with his visit here.
His talk is part of the university’s VIII Spanish Matters Colloquium, running Thursday April 11 to Friday April 12, and presented by the Hispanic Studies Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.