Juliana Morris just returned from a year’s experience working in a migrant shelter on the Mexico/Guatemala border. She is speaking and screening the acclaimed documentary “Assaulted Dream,” directed by Uli Stelzner. It offers a personal view into the lives of Central American migrants who have entered Mexico with the dream of making their way northward to the United States to make a better life for themselves and their families. The stories of the migrants convey some of the bitter realities that she learned about firsthand during her time in Mexico. Many migrants are seriously injured as they attempt to ride north on freight trains. The vulnerable migrant population is victimized by thieves, gangs, “coyotes” (paid smugglers), the police and the military. Muggings, beatings, and rapes of migrants are commonplace. The documentary provides a window into a world that most Americans know little or nothing about.
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