As the debate surrounding immigration continues, 'Which Way Home' serves to bridge the cultural and informational gap across immigration stakeholders. This commitment is to expand UNICEF-sponsored screenings for governmental agencies and human rights organizations that aid Latin American and Mexican migrants and for the villages affected.
Through partnerships with UNICEF and Ambulante, Mr. Mudd will hold town hall-style screenings, accompanied by vital information materials and in-person informants, in rural villages of Latin America. Free screenings will help inform these populaces and possibly prevent families from deciding to let their children travel alone. DVDs will be freely distributed to these families, and to Mexican and Central American social workers, migrant shelters, churches and detention centers that aid or house child migrants. Commitment partners will support the creation of bilingual materials which will facilitate audiences to rise to the call of action after the screening.
Mr. Mudd's partnership with USCRI, policymakers in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the U.S. will be targeted, including government officials, heads of state and parliamentarians to advocate for unaccompanied minor migrants and inform regulation. USCRI will distribute DVDs and hold screenings for additional members of the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, and to Department of Justice Immigration judges as well as private screenings for the U.S. Executive Branch and it's immigration policy team, as well as the U.S. Senate and Congress.
These screenings will serve as a call to action for audiences to address their stake in the immigration issue by supplementing screening events with tangible means to facilitate immigration reform. Screenings of 'Which Way Home' will reach approximately 1,077,000 people through direct screenings on the ground. An additional one million people will be reached through viral marketing and virtual awareness campaigns, and two million through broadcast. A total of 3.3 million people will be reached.
While the U.S.-Mexico border is the icon of Pan-American immigration, many fail to consider the thousands of miles migrants must traverse preceding that border. In 2008, 32,075 children were repatriated from the U.S. to Mexico, of these, 18,129 were unaccompanied.
Seeking economic opportunity, reunification with family members already in the U.S. or escaping exploitation, these child-migrants are in extremely vulnerable positions. Few know of the dangers lying ahead. The route is plagued by drug cartels and black-market tradesmen and youth get caught in gangs or violence. Targeted by smugglers and traffickers looking to take advantage of their money or bodies, children are frequent victims of organ harvest, kidnapping, robbery, and rape. For many, the desert is an unwelcome and overwhelming surprise, leaving many to be lead into the wilderness, abandoned, and left to die. With no means of tracing their whereabouts, countless children simply disappear.
Traveling from southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, one of the most common methods to reach the U.S. is by hopping freight trains through Latin America. Of the migrants traveling by train, roughly five percent are unaccompanied minors. The method of travel is treacherous, yet, having no education on safety issues, children use the trains as playgrounds-sleeping on boxcar roofs, hanging off ladders, jumping from car to car. The lack of awareness leads to children falling asleep and rolling off the train; limbs getting caught in-between cars; children knocked off by oncoming tree branches or tunnels; decapitated under wheels.
From policymakers and freight companies, to the economically distressed parents of these minors looking for financial assistance from their children traveling abroad, many hold stakes in the Pan-American immigration issue. The largest driver perpetuating the immigration problem is a dearth of awareness of the current state of immigration conditions by each stakeholder. With a lack of sufficient education on the realities of immigration, children embark on journeys unaware of the perils that lay in the route north. With little context for the issues of unaccompanied minors in the hands of smugglers, U.S. lawmakers enact 'lock-down-on-borders' policies that fuel smuggling cartels. Immigration judges deport children who have no home to return to. Families are separated with relatives stuck on opposite sides of an insurmountable border.
SEEKING: Mr. Mudd and its partners are seeking $4,500,000 grant/foundation/private funding to implement the immigration awareness campaign and call to action, to reach 3,3270,000 people over two years, targeting policymakers, community residents and government entities. This commitment will leverage the initial investment of $500,000 from Mr. Mudd. Mr. Mudd additionally seeks implementing partners in the El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and U.S.
OFFERING: Media/marketing opportunities. Mr. Mudd offers screenings of Which Way Home, valued at $1,000,000.