Birth Registration in Mexico

Birth Registration in Mexico

Event Date and Time January 4, 2012 10:00 am
Venue Center for Migration Studies
Event Ends January 4, 2012 11:30 am

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On January 4, 2012, CMS sponsored a two-hour discussion on the issue of birth registration in Mexico. According to government estimates, as many as 7 million Mexicans lack birth certificates. In legal terms, they do not exist and their right to an official identity, a recognized name and a nationality is compromised. Without proof of citizenship, they lack legal protection, cannot vote, and lack access to education, health care, and a range of other rights and benefits. In addition, identification is fundamental to the immigration process in the United States and in other countries. Karen Mercado, Executive Director of Be Fondation: Derecho a La Identidad, outlined the issue and discuss her agency’s advocacy in support of universal birth registration in Mexico.

Moderator
Donald Kerwin
Executive Director
Center for Migration Studies

Speakers
Karen Mercado
Executive Director
Be Foundation: Derecho a La Identidad

Normal Aguilar
Consul of Mexico

Alyshia Gálvez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies
Lehman College/City University of New York

Thomas Shea
New York Immigration Coalition