Rotary: Mexico: Caught in the Middle between Migrants and Deportees

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  • What: Rotary Presentation
    Title: Mexico: Caught in the Middle between Migrants and Deportees

    Date, time: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

    Where: Hotel Mision
    Address: Salida a Queretaro 1

    Extra info: 415 112 3413

    Cost: Free

    Mexico: Caught in the Middle between Migrants and Deportees
    By Robin Loving

    For those of us not washed away by a hurricane or buried in rubble by an earthquake, it is easy to be grateful for the security and comfort of our homes. Literally right around the corner, however, our sisters and brothers from Central America are fleeing violence and poverty, and local citizens are doing their best to give them a break. Learn what you can do to help Tuesday, October 3, when Toni Roberts and Linda Sorin present information about refugee assistance programs in our area at Rotary. The meeting will be free and in English at Hotel Mision, Salida a Queretaro 1, at 12:30 p.m.

    Roberts and Sorin are part of a group called Amigos de Migrantes, local citizens formed to provide humanitarian aid such as food, clothing and essential toiletries to refugees passing through San Miguel, and to support a refugee safe house in Celaya.

    What Robers and Sorin call The Train Tracks Team is composed of volunteers who offer assistance to refugees passing through San Miguel. The name comes from the fact that much of the aid is dispensed at the railroad tracks as refugees come through on the tops of local trains. Mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the refugees are fleeing the violence, poverty and rampant gang and cartel warfare in their own countries.  Mostly young and vulnerable, many of them have been robbed, beaten and/or raped along their journey.


    The safe house, ABBA, A.C., was designed to accommodate around 75 migrants; however, it recently housed 220 men, women and children. In an average month, it feeds and houses around 300 migrants. Most are from Central America, but there are deportees from the U.S., as well. ABBA provides 72 hours of shelter, food, medical aid, psychological counseling, legal advice, clothing, and emotional and spiritual support in a clean, safe and secure environment. It works with Cruz Roja on its mission.

    Toni Roberts has been an activist since the US named Nicaragua a menace when she had three draft-aged sons at peril of going to war in a country she visited and found had no military. She returned the opposite of speechless, wearing a path between New York City and Washington, D.C. as an organizer, marching, speaking, petitioning, and educating. Feeling that despite her efforts she had made no difference, she believes that her work with refugees, providing aid one to one, is much more powerful.


    Linda Sorin, who holds a master of business administration degree in healthcare administration, began her love affair with Latin American people and Spanish the day after the Peace Accords were signed in Guatemala in 1997. In her 15 years in San Miguel, she has volunteered for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Seeing refugees in San Miguel moved her to act on their behalf.


    Rotary is where neighbors, friends and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change. For more information, see and contact President Fred Collins at To give to the refugee effort, see

    Many refugees arrive in San Miguel on the top of a train car.

    Refugees generally are young and vulnerable.


    Click to open. Map of refugee assistance centers, climates, and transportation corridors in Mexico, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California


    Refugees at a safe house

    Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende – Rotario Midday, A.C.

    Who We Are…

    We are a multi-cultural English-speaking Rotary Club located in beautiful and historic San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been named by Conde Nast Traveler as the best city in the world!
    Our Vision To be a diverse group of active and enthusiastic members who are recognized as providers of valuable services for local and international communities.
    Our Mission To provide assistance to others in order to improve the quality of life and to advance community understanding, goodwill, and peace.

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