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Irregular Migration to the U.S. from Central America: Understanding the Drivers and Outlining the Responses

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The hundreds of thousands of Central Americans who flee their homes each year and migrate to the U.S. have lots of reasons for doing so, from political repression to fear of criminal cartels to the simple pursuit of a better life. In July 2021, the Biden administration issued the U.S. Strategy for Addressing the Root Causes of Migration in Central America, which emphasized  Washington’s commitment to supporting the development of Central America. If countries could provide an economic future and safer life for their citizens, the incentive to leave would diminish. 

In this panel sponsored by Somos Abt—an Abt Employee Networking Group—we will dive into both the push and pull factors behind irregular migration—that is, unauthorized but not necessarily illegal border crossings--from Central America to the U.S. We will discuss what the U.S. is doing to address these influences and what is yet to be done to build hope in the region.


  • Sara Jones, Technical Lead for Governance, Economic Growth, and Migration, Abt Global


  • Manuel Orozco, Director of the Migration, Remittances and Development Program, Inter-American Dialogue
  • Russell Porter, Staff Director, Northern Triangle Task Force and Deputy Director, Office of Central America and Mexico, USAID
  • Aura Marina Luiz, Lived Experience Expert from Guatemala

Simultaneous translation between English and Spanish will be provided through WebEx subtitles.

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