Two Harvard students host event for deportees and returnees

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 13:50 in Mathematics & Economics

When Mayra Sandoval was in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship in 2016, she volunteered with an organization helping U.S. deportees and returnees navigate their lives after arriving in Mexico. Hearing some of their tales — both struggles and successes — Sandoval had a clear thought: These are untold stories. In the U.S., she said, “I never really heard about what it was like when you are deported [or choose to return]. People just got forgotten.” Now a master’s candidate in her final semester at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Sandoval and her classmate Ariana Aparicio Aguilar want others to hear some of those untold stories, too. So they organized an event, “Return Migration: The Untold Stories,” that they hope will give attendees a sense of the hardships deportees and those who return voluntarily can encounter, along with the achievements they can attain. The event, slated for 5 p.m. Thursday at Askwith Hall,...

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