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Southern Border

(April 25, 2019) (L-R) Anne Garaghty, Silvia Navia and Mary Ann Drake joined Thursday's "St. Louis on the Air" program to talk about what services are needed to help migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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The difficulties facing migrant communities at the U.S.-Mexico border have been on the mind of Webster University nursing faculty member Mary Ann Drake ever since last summer, when she first began hearing about children being separated from their parents.

She felt compelled to do something to help, and soon she got her colleagues Silvia Navia, a professor in the Department of International Languages, and Anne Geraghty-Rathert, from the Department of Legal Studies, involved too.

Rabbi Susan Talve, of the Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, recently returned from Guatemala.
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The southern border of the U.S., along with the people who live somewhere beyond it, can seem far removed from the St. Louis region. But for local Rabbi Susan Talve, who recently returned from Guatemala, the difficult situations facing many of America’s southern neighbors feel more urgent than ever.

“I have been to the southern border, to shelters in Mexico,” she wrote last week in the St. Louis Jewish Light, “and recently to Guatemala to witness the human suffering, the injustice and the part American policy continues to play in the instability and migration in the global south.”

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with Talve about her observations during her trip, which took place as part of a Global Justice Fellowship run by the American Jewish World Service.