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Forced repatriation of Mexican workers by the United States topic of Detroit conference

On October 20-21, 2006, educators, archivists, activists, and legislators from across the United States and México gather to discuss the history of the 1929-1939 forced repatriation of Mexican workers and their children (Los Repatriados) from the United States back to México.

The conference will continue the dialogue begun in San Luis Potosi, México in 2004, when 33 delegates from the Detroit area met there with educators and researchers who had been studying the effects of the repatriation on the Mexican post-revolution government.

The 2006 Detroit conference will feature scholarly papers reflecting continuing research on the topic of the repatriation, a workshop on the art of gathering oral histories, and a workshop on legislative strategies relevant to newly-arrived Mexican and Central American workers.

According to Elena Herrada, Director of Fronteras Norteñas, one of several community organizations spearheading the conference, “This is a working conference. As we come together we hope to look at research, oral history projects and legislative work taking place in this area so we can educate people about this chapter of American history, which parallels the present times.” 

Admission to this ground-breaking conference is free. The conference schedule and presentation titles, as well as pre-registration, are available at: http://www.losrepatriados.org

For further information please contact Lolita Hernandez: [email protected] or 313.407.0522.

What: El Segundo Encuentro, The Second Los Repatriados Binational Conference.
When: October 20-21, 2006,
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days.
Where: The Main
Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue, Explorers Room.
How: Free Admission; lunch provided; reception in Fine Arts Hall following Friday session.






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