CASA is an award winning, Mexican nonprofit that focuses on disadvantaged youth and reproductive justice.
It has strategically combined the most practical on the ground support to communities with advocacy and public policy work since 1981.
San Miguel – CASA, Inc. is an Austin-based public charity that has proudly worked with CASA over 20 years.
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We are delighted to offer free access to hear outstanding speakers from Mexico and the United States to the University of Texas faculty and students, as well as others from the public.
During the 3-day Convening, experts will provide cutting edge information on subjects such as exorbitant rates of violence including homicides among young men, agriculture practices that are depleting our limited water supply, and continuing high maternal mortality rates.

Talks will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Austin Tx.

All talks on March 1 & 3 are free at the Hyatt, but available spaces are limited and interested parties must register in advance. Spaces for the March 2nd field trip to Bamberger Ranch are also limited, and a donation of $70 U.S. dollars is requested for travel and lunch costs. PLEASE JOIN US AND REGISTER IMMEDIATELY. Below is full agenda.

Learning Across Borders

This event will bring together staff, partners, faculty and students from both Mexico and the United States to discuss how we can work together to prevent and solve the most pressing social justice issues that we face today. 

WEDNESDAY, March 1 at 6:15 p.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel
Presentation by Dr. Robbie Davis-Floyd about the state of reproductive justice and advances in midwifery in Texas and Mexico.
Robbie is a Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin and an internationally renowned medical anthropologist expert in reproduction.
Robbie will be joined by Mexican Professional Midwife Maya Pineda, a graduate from the CASA Midwifery School in Mexico.
WEDNESDAY, March 1 at 6:45 p.m.
Maya will speak to her experiences in the field of reproductive health rights in some of the most impoverished areas of Mexico and in urban settings.
THURSDAY, March 2 at 9:45 a.m.
Visit Bamberger Ranch, one of the largest, successful habitat restoration projects in Texas.
Transportation leaves the Hyatt Parking Lot at 9:45am, returns to Austin at 3:15pm
Meet J. David Bamberger, founder of Selah, Bamberger Ranch Reserve, former corporate businessman and internationally recognized conservationist.
Walk the nature trail and enjoy your picnic lunch at Madrone Lake as you watch “The Rain Machine” and view up to 213 bird species.
Hear Ana Peña, Director of ​​CASA’s longstanding community health program speak about reproductive health and youth empowerment.
Isael Gonzalez Goodman, Director of Ranchero Pandillero, will speak about CASA’s newest program in which young men involved in gangs and violence are given the opportunity to work with low-income rural families in organic farming and create an environmentally sustainable local economy.
Watch a 9 minute film about a successful plastic recycling project on the coast of Guerrero.
FRIDAY, March 3 from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Rachel Locke, Associate Director International at the National Network for Safe Communities, will speak about Group Violence Intervention, (GVI).
This proven strategy dramatically reduces gang violence by strengthening coordination between law enforcement, community members and social service providers to engage directly with those involved in violence.
FRIDAY, March 3 from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Federico Núñez Perea will speak to the importance of corporate social responsibility and multiple manners that the business community, civil society and government can collaborate to positively influence the lives of indigenous and other vulnerable youth.
Federico Núñez Perea is an economist and entrepreneur and has been a social activist in the fields of human rights and disability prevention for 20 years. He is the founding President of the National Network for the Prevention of Disability (RENAPRED) and the Latin American Network for the Prevention of Disability (RELAPRED).
FRIDAY, March 3 from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Deb Nelson will speak about RSF Social Finance’s approach to impact investing. RSF, founded 33 years ago, finances social entrepreneurs that are addressing complex social and environmental problems.
Deb serves as Vice President of RSF, guiding client engagement programs, strategic partnerships, and its Women’s Capital Collaborative. RSF, founded 33 years ago, finances social entrepreneurs that are addressing complex social and environmental problems.
FRIDAY, March 3 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Isael Gonzalez Goodman will briefly address how CASA is incorporating some of the core principles of GVI and impact investment in its work with local gang members in San Miguel de Allende.
FRIDAY, March 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Question & Answer Session and Conclusions

Together we will continue to demonstrate to ourselves and others how Mexico and the United States prevent and solve difficulties that negatively affect us all through mutual respect, hard work and fun.

Limited Space
Registration by email *required

madisonnvillarreal@gmail.com

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