Introduction

The simulation exists as a stand-alone program to educate participants on the issues facing refugees around the world, especially focusing on

(a) unaccompanied minors fleeing gang violence, domestic abuse, and drug cartels in their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

(b) Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country.

In a 30-minute simulation, participants experience:

  • Reenactments of vignettes typical of the push factors that drive refugees 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 refugee
    • If an unaccompanied minor who is detained at the US-Mexico border, obstacles may include detention, legal hearings, and frequent outcomes.
    • If a Syrian refugee, their fate may include smugglers, refugee camps, and hope for resettlement.
  • Explanations, through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, of proposals for what needs to be done to improve the treatment of the unaccompanied and refugees;
  • 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.

The four headings below (LEARN, PLAN, REFLECT, ADVOCATE) will give you essential background on the issue, instructions on how to set up the simulation, and resources for reflection, prayer, and advocacy.

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