Migrants Maimed by Train “La Bestia” to Deliver Letter for Meeting With President Obama

Today we have the visit of this group of inmigrants from Honduras. all of them have lost one or more extremities of their bodies on their way to this country. they all have suffered accidents on the mexican train. A.k.a the Beast. Photo: Vidal Rivas/St. Matthew Episcopal Church.

This group of immigrants from Honduras visited St. Matthew Episcopal Church en Hyattsville, Maryland. All of them have lost one or more extremities of their bodies on their way to the USA. They all have suffered accidents on the mexican train A.k.a The Beast. Photo: Rev. Vidal Rivas/St. Matthew Episcopal Church.

After 4-month journey, migrants to make press statements as they deliver meeting request at White House.

 

Washington, DC—On Tuesday morning, the AMIREDIS Caravan of migrants from Honduras will formally request a meeting with President Barack Obama, delivering a letter to the White House. The Caravan arrived to Washington, DC late last week and held meetings with members on the Hill and with advocacy NGOs.

Representing the Honduras-based AMIREDIS – the Association of Disabled and Returned Migrants – the delegation includes eight men who have all been mutilated by the northward train known as “la bestia” (the beast) and have traveled four months with the mission of meeting with President Obama and preventing more injuries and deaths of Central American migrants.

The letter reads in part:

“After 120 days en route – including 45 days in detention in the US where we were both chained and humiliated – and a journey across four countries, we have arrived to Washington, DC, to share with you, face to face, our testimony. … 

“…Some things are impossible, for example, that my companeros’ arm or leg might grow back. That is impossible. But preventing more mutilations, more deaths, more disappearances, and more sexual violence, that is possible. We are not here to place blame, we are here to find solutions…”

 

WHAT: Press Conference by AMIREDIS delegation of migrants from Honduras

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 8:15AM

WHERE: West entrance to the White House (next to Eisenhower Building, on 17th Street St, NW and State Place, NW)

VISUALS: Eight-member delegation of persons maimed by northward-bound train (“la bestia”), signs and banners

Many immigrants have died or have lost parts of their bodies while riding The Beat (the train) in Mexican soil.

Many immigrants have died or have lost parts of their bodies while riding The Beat (the train) in Mexican soil.

 

 

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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