Amnesty International film on migrants to be shown at Spring Hill College

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 3:00pm

Mobile, Ala– A film by Amnesty International on human rights violations experienced by immigrants from Central and South America will be shown at Spring Hill College on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Byrne Memorial Hall. The public is invited and there is no charge.

The video features interviews with migrants on their journey through Mexico.

Some 500,000 migrants, from Central and South America who do not have legal permission to travel to another country, attempt to enter the United States every year. Approximately 18,000 are kidnapped for ransom or to work as slave labor for organized crime groups according to Human Rights Watch’s 2012 World Report. The acts committed against migrants are known as forced disappearances.

A report released by Amnesty International in 2010 found that “Some will disappear without a trace… kidnapped and killed, or robbed, assaulted, and thrown off speeding trains.” Protecting these migrants has not been a priority for Mexican state and federal officials, and evidence has been found that officials are involved in these abuses on some level, whether directly or indirectly.

Following the film, attendees are welcome to participate in a candlelight walk through the Spring Hill College campus to memorialize the victims of human rights abuse.  For more information, contact Kathryn Sinkus at 251-233-8169.