Seattle International Foundation bids farewell and gives thanks to its Deputy Director.
SIF bids farewell to Arturo Aguilar and begins an executive leadership transition.
Launch of the Global Resilience Fund for Girls and Young Women: A collective response to the COVID-19 crisis
The fund will provide grants of up to US$5,000 to community-based organisations and informal collectives led by girls and young women. The GR Fund is currently supported by CAMY Fund and 17 other organisations.
The Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision on June 18, 2020 and officially halted the Trump administration’s attempts to end DACA. But its narrow decision also means the government can still terminate DACA if it follows the proper procedures. Only a new immigration law would provide a permanent solution.
From the monuments in Washington, DC to the Dreamers Resource Center in Texas, my certainty was reaffirmed that when youth have the freedom to decide what to do with their time and their bodies, there is peace.
This month, I spent a week at the Mexico-Guatemala border with colleagues from WOLA – a SIF grantee since 2012. We wanted to talk with migrants, humanitarian workers and officials about the current conditions for those migrating to the United States.
SIF in The News
The New York Times
By SABRINA RODRIGUEZ.
“We need to get away from the notion that it’s just a matter of making an announcement with some kind of aid plan that would remedy all these problems,” says Eric Olson, director of policy at the Seattle International Foundation and an expert on Central America.
President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras figured prominently in a U.S. drug trial, but few think it will matter in a country mired in corruption. “We need to give the people of Central America a sense of hope. And that starts with fighting corruption and ending this ridiculous theft of Hondurans’ future,” says Eric L. Olson, director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at the Seattle International Foundation.
The situation at the U.S.– Mexico border is urgent, but the crisis is in Central America. The solution to this problem cannot be a return to Trump-era policies of inhumane treatment as a policy of dissuasion. Family separation and forcing migrants to remain in makeshift shelters across the border is morally wrong and bad policy.