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Ester Alvarenga to speak

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ester Alvarenga will speak about children kidnapped during the Salvadoran Civil War 1 p.m. Oct. 3 in Atwood Memorial Center.

Ester Alvarenga will speak about children kidnapped during the Salvadoran Civil War 1 p.m. Oct. 3 in Atwood Memorial Center.

Salvadoran Civil War survivor Ester Alvarenga will speak 1 p.m. Oct. 3 in Voyageurs North, Atwood Memorial Center.

Alvarenga will discuss children kidnapped by military, paramilitary and government officials before and during the 1980-92 civil war.

A human-rights activist, Alvarenga directs Asociacion Pro-Busqueda, which reunites families scattered by the war. Pro-Busqueda's work includes tracking down children who were sold to U.S. adoption agencies. 

The Salvadoran government, dominated by generals, targeted children in hopes it would weaken popular support for guerrilla groups fighting for land reform, legal reform, free expression, improved wages and the right to unionize, among other issues. 

At age 14, on May 14, 1980, Alvarenga witnessed the Salvadoran and Honduran armies slaughter 600 civilians crossing the Sumpul River. In 1984, at the age of 18, she was captured and tortured by the Salvadoran Police.

Alvarenga's presentation is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: College of Liberal Arts, Multicultural Research Center, Latin American Studies Program, Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, Undergraduate Education & Student Support Services, and the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department—Chicano Studies Program.

For more information, contact Miguel Chavez, assistant professor of ethnic and women's studies, at 320-308-2839.

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