CIC’s Karina Gerlach talks to Gothamist about the causes behind the current migrant crisis in New York City.
Karina Gerlach, a senior program adviser at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation, said when she visited her family in Venezuela four years ago she brought along two suitcases of supplies.
“You could not get bars of soap. You could not get toothpaste. It’s really been an economic and social meltdown of the country,” she said. “The tragedy of all of this, and as a Venezuelan it hurts more than anything else, is that it was such an unbelievably rich country but they have squandered it all.”