The simulation exists as a stand-alone program to educate participants on the issues facing refugees, especially unaccompanied minors, fleeing gang violence, domestic abuse, and drug cartels in their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. In a 25-minute interaction, participants experience:
- reenactments of vignettes typical of the push factors that drive unaccompanied minors to flee their homes for safety;
- reflections on root causes of the migration, with explanations on what is being done to address “push” factors by agencies such as CRS;
- reenactments of potential options that face a minor who is detained at the US-Mexico border, including detention conditions, legal hearings, and likely outcomes;
- explanation, through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, of proposals for what needs to be done to improve the treatment of the young people, the legal process that young people must undergo to prove their case as refugees, as well as options for what might happen to the minors;
- opportunities to engage in advocacy, including a range of options from social media to petitions to advocacy emails; and
- reflection and prayer to deepen the participants’ commitment to solidarity.