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GOVERNMENT OF ECUADOR LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO ADDRESS INFLUX OF IMMIGRATION BY UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

September 25, 2014 – New York, NY – The Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, the Ecuadorian Consulate in New York and the Casa Ecuatoriana, launched today the campaign “Dile No a la Migración Riesgosa” (Say No to Dangerous Immigration) at the Queens Museum, with the presence of Ecuadorian authorities, local members of the Ecuadorian community, and social organizations that work on behalf of the vulnerable migrant population. The campaign aims to decrease the number of unaccompanied children making the dangerous journey to the United States at the hands of human smugglers by educating families about the life-threatening implications.

The campaign highlights safe alternatives that parents can take to reunite with their children without resorting to dangerous and illegal methods.

“As a mother, I understand the yearning to be close to your children and loved ones,” says Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States. “However, it’s not worth putting your child’s life in danger at the hands of human smugglers.”

The “Dile No a la Migración Riesgosa” is done in memory of Jocelyn Alvarez, the 12-year-old Ecuadorian girl who died on March 11th trying to join her parents in New York. The Government of Ecuador aims to reach the Ecuadorian community abroad and provide additional services for the migrant population.

This effort is carried out in partnership with government officials, artists, athletes and other Ecuadorian personalities, urging parents to not put their children’s lives at risk at the hands of human smugglers.

The videos of the campaign can be seen at the YouTube channel “Dile No a la Migración Riesgosa” on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwGtYgTFdjj3HIGmmZvFRnA