This past month, the KBI hosted the second annual Kino Teens Leadership Days and three immersion groups, and joined partner organizations in announcing the release of an important report on the dangers and abuses of migrants in Sonora, Mexico. In addition, Father Sean appeared on PBS’s Arizona Horizon, and will soon head off to New York City and Washington, D.C. to complete his international business program.
- Kino Teens Leadership Days: During June 26–30, the KBI hosted 15 students from 10 high schools across the U.S. for the second annual Kino Teens Leadership Days. Participants attended workshops, heard migrant testimonies, gave presentations, volunteered in the comedor, and hiked a portion of the migrant trail. The 5-day conference covered a wide range of immigration and advocacy topics, among them mixed-status families, DACA, unaccompanied minors, asylum, detention, deportation, and deaths in the desert. This focused time allows the students to experience the reality of the border firsthand, discuss immigration issues with their peers, and reflect on ways to accompany migrants and affect change. These young people are not only the advocates and leaders of tomorrow—they’re taking their dedication, new skills, and greater awareness back home to engage and motivate their high school communities today. ¡Bravo, jóvenes!
- Immersion Experiences: During their summer breaks, groups from three high schools from across the country visited the KBI for immersions.
|Immersion Group||# of participants||# of days at the KBI|
|Jesuit High School of Sacramento, Carmichael, CA||12 participants||6 days|
|Gonzaga College High School, Washington, D.C.||10 participants||6 days|
|Jesuit High School
|11 participants||4 days|
- New Report on Abuses of Migrants: The KBI’s Father Samuel Lozano de los Santos, S.J. and Sister María Engracia Robles Robles, M.E. participated in a press conference to announce the release of a report on migrant abuses in Sonora, Mexico, entitled “Y la impunidad continua” (“And the impunity continues”). Along with other representatives from other organizations in the Red Migrante Sonora (Sonoran Migrant Network), they outlined the report’s findings and the urgent need for greater protection, security, services, and justice for migrants who are readily identifiable targets of violent and life-threatening crime at and near the U.S.–Mexico border. Read more at: http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/group-s-report-decries-impunity-for-abusers-of-migrants-in/article_ddd1c2a6-5224-11e7-af9a-03f7718faa07.html. And the report, written in Spanish, can be downloaded at: https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/es/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Informe-RMS.pdf.
- The KBI on PBS: On a recent episode of the Phoenix-based news magazine, Arizona Horizon, Father Sean Carroll, S.J. was interviewed by host Ted Simons and offered a moving synopsis of the KBI’s origins and mission. View the segment here, with thanks to Maddie Larkin for helping to set up the interview: http://www.azpbs.org/arizonahorizon/play.php?vidId=10866.
- Graduation on the Horizon: In late July, Father Sean will be attending his last GEMBA (Global Executive MBA) module in New York City and Washington, D.C., the culmination of fourteen months of study, remotely and sometimes collaboratively, with two-week modules held in cities around the globe. Look for graduation photos in the next newsletter. Congratulations, Father Sean!