Camila Antelo Iriarte assists Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC with manuscript preparation for an upcoming book about immigration, focusing on both the issue and the spirituality of the individual. Antelo and Rev. Groody are also working on short and long term strategies to help the Amazon. Her research was at first primarily focused on immigration, asylum seekers, and awareness. Following the devastating fires in Antelo’s home country, Bolivia, she included the Amazon as a priority and joined Rev. Groody in his fight for environmental protection, respect of indigenous rights, and preservation.
Antelo participated in the development and writing process of a policy brief about how to stop forced migration from Central America in Antigua, Guatemala. Later, she presented it in Washington D.C. to senior staff of the Congress, Senate, Homeland Security, and the Department of State. Then, she spent 10 weeks giving legal assistance to female asylum seekers detained at the Karnes Detention Center in Karnes, Texas. She saw around 120 women and is now working with the support of Professor Brian Collier on a project to share the stories she heard and what she saw while working 10 hours a day in those tough conditions.