Our Approaches

Voces Mesoamericanas recognizes the centrality of people in migratory experiences, movements, and conflicts. In our approaches and commitments to our work, we recognize the diversity of ways of being a migrant, the multiple and changing means of belonging of women and men that live migration as a concrete social experience.

Voces Mesoamericanas reconoce la centralidad de las personas en las experiencias, movimientos y conflictos migratorios. Sus enfoques y compromisos de trabajo parten de reconocer la diversidad de formas del sujeto migrante, de los modos de pertenencia múltiple y cambiante de mujeres y hombres que viven la migración como experiencia social concreta.

  • Transnationalism: This approach offers a different view of migration as collective processes and a “way of life” that creates transnational families and communities that expand beyond the borders of nation-states, and establish new practices, relationships, and social structures.

This approach involves making all subjects of migratory movement visible and redefining the community in terms of membership, symbolic territory, and relationships; not only as a geographical area. In also means recognizing a series daily practices and processes that give meaning to the action of crossing borders and living in transnational homes, and the changes that are produced in relation to power and gender.

 

Transnational communities form spaces where people, information, goods, capital, and services circulate, as well as cultural symbols that are increasingly difficult to claim as heritage of a single national culture.

  • Interculturalism: This approach involves considering ethnicity and the changing ways of life that migrants experience. It implies an approach that respects the cultural and linguistic diversity of worldviews and customs, and acknowledges the political potential of the differences in migration contexts. We take on the approach of multiculturalism as a critical project, process, and political practice aimed at transforming the structures and relationships of domination to create conditions of equality amongst differences.
  • Interculturalidad: considerar la pertenencia étnica y los modos de vida cambiantes de las personas migrantes, implica la incorporación de un enfoque que respete la diversidad sociocultural y lingüística, de cosmovisiones y costumbre, y reconozca el potencial político de las diferencias en los contextos migratorios. Retomamos la propuesta de una interculturalidad crítica como proyecto, proceso y prácticas políticas encaminadas a la transformación de estructuras y relaciones de dominación, y la generación de condiciones de igualdad en la diferencia.

Incorporating an intercultural approach involves the development of skills and tactics to work with diverse groups. This is possible through a process of sensitivity and awareness that requires a complex understanding of the realities of migration. This can be seen in the way we discuss migration and migrants, but most importantly through a change in systematic and institutional perspectives as well as personal practices and attitudes regarding migration.

  • Rights: To contribute to establishing migrants as conscientious participants who demand their rights requires methodological tools that incorporate the principles and international standards of human rights. We use these standards in the analysis of problems, in the formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and programs for social change.

 The rights approach involves creating and/or strengthening legal, political and administrative mechanisms that promote, defend and guarantee the human rights of migrants, their families, organizations, and communities as well as enforcement and protection against possible violations.