We Are All Migrants - Gabriela Martínez Castillo

“We Are All Migrants” Lecture Presented at Hartwick

October 15, 2013

On Wednesday, October 23, Hartwick College invites the public and College Community to attend a Witness For Peace lecture titled "We Are All Migrants: Reflections on Central Americans In Search of the American Dream." The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel on the Hartwick College Campus.

Gabriela Martínez Castillo will speak on the full respect of human and labor rights for migrants and their families. The lecture will include information on her work in teaching migrants to recognize and defend their rights within their communities, their journeys, and their goals.

Born in the rural, indigenous, and ranch area of the small Mexican city, Chapa de Mota, Martínez Castillo  was a migrant and is the daughter of migrants. When she graduated high school, she moved to Mexico City to start her studies in journalism. Upon finishing her degree, she began to work in civil organizations. Her current work is with the non-profit organization Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (Jesuit Migrant Service).

Martínez Castillo has felt the sufferings of the migrants who journey from Central America to the United States. With them, she has lived the desperation of wanting to help someone without having the ability to give the immediate support they need to change their situation. However, with her strengths and the efforts of Jesuit Migrant Services, Martìnez and her team, train, educate, perform community service projects, and build networks of support for migrant workers and their families.

This event has been funded by the Cyrus Mehri '83 Global Pluralism Fellowship, Hartwick's Latin American-Caribbean studies (LACS) and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Hartwick College.

For further information, please contact Hartwick College Associate Professor of Spanish and LACS Coordinator Dr. Esperanza Roncero at 607-431-4849 or

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
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