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Luis Argueta
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Luis Argueta

Luis Argueta is an award-winning Guatemalan American filmmaker known for his multinational immigrant narratives. His coming-of-age film, The Silence of Neto (1994), was Guatemala’s first Oscar submission. His series of immigration documentaries includes abUSed: The Postville Raid (2010), ABRAZOS (2014), The U Turn (2017), and Ausencia (forthcoming). Mr. Argueta has also lectured and served as a consultant and researcher on immigration-related issues.

Mr. Argueta is the only filmmaker to receive the Order of the Quetzal, Guatemala’s highest honor, and The Guardian has listed him as one of Guatemala’s National Living Icons. In 2019, he received the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award from the National Peace Corps Association, and he has been named 2021–22 Lund-Gill Chair at Dominican University.

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Laying the Foundation for Regional Cooperation: Migration Policy and Institutional Capacity in Mexico and Central America
Reports
April 2021
By  Andrew Selee, Ariel G. Ruiz Soto, Andrea Tanco, Luis Argueta and Jessica Bolter
Sentando las bases para una cooperación regional: Política migratoria y capacidad institucional en México y Centroamérica
Reports
April 2021
By  Andrew Selee, Ariel G. Ruiz Soto, Andrea Tanco, Luis Argueta and Jessica Bolter
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Reports
January 2019
By  Ariel G. Ruiz Soto, Rodrigo Dominguez-Villegas, Luis Argueta and Randy Capps

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Reports
April 2021

Los países de la región que se extiende desde Panamá hasta la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México enfrentan una importante oportunidad para fortalecer la cooperación en materia de migración. Este informe examina los pilares fundamentales que pueden sentar las bases de la cooperación regional. Además de evaluar la capacidad institucional, los marcos legales y las políticas migratorias, también identifica áreas clave en el desarrollo de capacidades.

Reports
April 2021

The countries in the region that stretches from Panama to the U.S.-Mexico border face an important opportunity to strengthen cooperation on migration. This report examines key building blocks that can lay the foundation for regional cooperation. In addition to assessing institutional capacity, legal frameworks, and migration policies, it also identifies key areas for capacity-building efforts.

Reports
January 2019

Reception and reintegration programs for deported and other returning migrants represent a long-term investment for migrant-origin and destination countries, holding the potential to reduce re-migration and permit communities of origin to benefit from the skills migrants learn abroad. This report offers recommendations to make reintegration programs more effective in Mexico and Central America.