Using ICT to Foster Human Rights Defense Processes for Mexican Immigrants

Using ICT to Foster Human Rights Defense Processes for Mexican Immigrants

Maria Alejandra Rocha Silva (University of Colima, Mexico), Juan Contreras-Castillo (University of Colima, Mexico) and Ricardo Acosta-Díaz (University of Colima, Mexico)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0882-5.ch809
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Abstract

Frequently, Mexicans who cannot find solutions for their financial problems migrate to the United States hoping to improve their quality of life. However, they usually face abuses, mostly because they are illegal aliens, but also because they arrive to a society which is not their own. These migrants are mainly excluded from American society not only because of their race and religion, but also because they do not speak English in most cases, do not have studies higher than primary school, and are not proficient in using information and communications technologies (ICT). With this panorama in mind, the Colimenses sin Fronteras Web Portal becomes a tool to support and help them overcome the adaptation process, which might help reduce the discrimination that many of them face upon arriving to the receiving country. It also provides migrants with information about the abuses they might suffer and how to file a legal complaint.

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