It didn’t take long to figure out that there was no need to worry. Most of them had never been to Cuernavaca and they seemed excited to see the downtown area which we have gotten to know pretty well. We also had a lot of fun and some pretty big laughs while trying to communicate with each other. What a perfect way to practice our Spanish and for them English.
It turns out that Trabajo Social estudiantes (Social Work students) in Mexico have a lot in common with and a lot of the same interests as Social Work Students from the United States. One of the main concerns discussed by the Augsburg CGE Social Work students here this semester is immigration. Undocumented people in the United States are often treated badly by law enforcement officials (among other people) and have a difficult time providing themselves and/or families with basic needs. One of the most important jobs of a Social Worker is seeing to it that people are not robbed of their basic human rights. A lot of us were surprised to learn (I think because so many undocumented workers in the states are actually from Mexico) that immigration is a big concern for Social Workers here in Mexico as well. A large number of undocumented workers from Central America have to travel through Mexico in order to get to the United States. Often times those immigrants suffer terrible treatment by authorities that are corrupt. We were able to discuss out mutual recognition for changes in policy and practice when it comes to undocumented immigrants.
|Presentation by UNAM student Natali about migration through Mexico and the abuses that migrants suffer at the hands of authorities and organized crime.|
|Natali's sketch of train routes that migrants take through Mexico.|
|Panel on sexual diversity|