audio by guest cirila baltazar cruz
60:42 minutes (55.58 MB)
LOSING A CHILD IN THE TRANSLATION. A court in Mississippi is about to terminate the parental rights of a Mexican immigrant woman who also faces the risk of deportation. By court order, the U.S. born child may be given in adoption to a local family. Advocates challenge the process arguing that the woman, a Chatino-speaking migrant from the highlands in Southern Mexico, has not been able to defend herself. She does not speak English or Spanish. The forced-adoption case of Chatina migrant Cirila Baltazar is examined in this program.
Cirila Baltazar Cruz, restaurant worker, Biloxi, MS;
Vicky Cintra, Organizing coordinator, Mississippi Immigrant Rights Association, Biloxi, MS, www.yourmira.org;
Rufino Dominguez-Santos, Executive Director, Binational Center for the Development of the Indigenous Communities, Fresno, CA. http://centrobinacional.org;
Yolanda Cruz, Chatino-Spanish Interpreter, Los Angeles, CA. www.petate.com