[HOT] Central America mapping for asylum cases

Tyler Radford tyler.radford at hotosm.org
Fri Jan 8 18:04:47 UTC 2016

Dear Galya,

I'm interested to hear more about the project and how we can help. Will
drop you an email.


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On Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 9:59 AM, Galya B Ruffer <g-ruffer at northwestern.edu>

> Dear HOT mappers,
> The Center for Forced Migration Studies at the Buffett Institute for
> Global Studies, Northwestern University is launching a pilot project using
> both GIS data mapping and open street mapping to provide country of origin
> analysis in Central American asylum cases. Whereas most country of origin
> reports draw are submitted in support of an asylum case rely on data at the
> national level, open mapping can provide insight and corroboration of the
> local context. These are cases from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
> where there is often limited or no data at the department level that can
> help explain the persecution of the individual applicant. On the other
> hand, mapping offers great potential to show things such as the challenges
> of reaching a women’s health clinic (roadways, distances) or access to
> police (placement and number of police stations). These are just a couple
> of examples. For the pilot, we have partnered with a couple of pro-bono
> lawyers with cases where mapping would be useful to understanding the
> applicant’s situation. For example, within the municipality Santa Rosa de
> Lima, La Union, El Salvador, we hope to find point (location) data for law
> enforcement agencies (e.g. police stations, noting differences between
> local and national police stations), stores and retail locations (differing
> between standalone stores and storefront/home retail locations), churches,
> and roads. We are looking for folks in Latin America who would be
> interested in contributing to the project and also hearing your opinion of
> the feasibility of the project.
> If you are interested, please send us an email off list and we can set up
> a meeting to discuss the cases in further detail. You can email us at
> g-ruffer at northwestern.edu or cfms at northwestern.edu.
> Best,
> Galya
> *Galya Ruffer, J.D., Ph.D. *|* Northwestern University*
> Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science
> Director | Center for Forced Migration Studies
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> Institute for Global Studies
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