instead of immigration
a Synergos Senior Fellow helps communities become stronger
Being from the ‘northernmost city in Mexico’- San Antonio, Texas- immigration from Mexico was a part of my every day life. So visiting the community of Las Trancas in the Bajío, a central region of Mexico felt, in many ways, more like home than NYC, where I’ve lived for the past six years. Las Trancas, with about 500 residents, is located in the heart of Mexico, about 4 hours northwest of Mexico City.
Adriana Cortes, a Synergos Senior Fellow, runs Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío. Her organization helps communities start their own locally run community foundations wherein members take an active role in creating the life and town they want for themselves and their children. Think education, public facilities, local businesses. Investing in where they live creates more opportunity and lessens the need for forced migration — an issue this community knows all too well. Many of the people from Las Trancas and the surrounding areas have immigrated to the United States in order to provide a better life for their families.
The people of Las Trancas are making life better at home so that their family members and neighbors have the choice to build a life- and thrive- right where they are.
The Synergos Senior Fellows are a network of more than 150 civil society leaders around the world. We help these leaders, doing amazing work like Adriana, increase their impact as change-makers.