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Elias Landsmanas Teams Up With Anáhuac University to Better Understand Migration of Minors Traveling to USA

Elias Landsmanas Teams Up With Anáhuac University to Better Understand Migration of Minors Traveling to USA

Elias Landsmanas is the director of Corportivo Kosmos, a major food industry supplier in Mexico. However, his mission goes far beyond that of the corporate world. His high-status position in Mexico gives him numerous resources to work with, and he wants to use those resources for the better. 

It’s why he’s decided to partner with Anáhuac University to understand more about the patterns of migration for minors. From the initial reasons of coming to the U.S. to the lasting repercussions of their journey, this is a major issue that affects us all. By going deeper into such a complex story, he hopes to reveal some real solutions buried underneath the controversy. 

A New Collaboration

Elias Landsmanas is focusing on the welfare of minors because they are especially vulnerable to the dangers of immigration. While many young people have plenty of street smarts, they don’t always have the life experience to make the kinds of decisions that they’re asked to make on a regular basis.  

This new partnership aims to get a better handle on how people approach migrant minors, as well as propose some possible answers to the problems. What exactly do they need to be supported in life? How can they get the opportunities that they so desperately crave?

The project is headed by Dr. Pablo Pérez Akaki at the university, and it will focus on how unaccompanied minors live, make choices, and solve problems. Only when we know the details can we begin to understand how to improve this obviously broken system. 

Understanding the Issues at Hand 

The Elias Landsmanas Dymensztejn-Anáhuac Research Chair is interested in how all lives are impacted by immigration policies. Their first endeavor was to present a webinar called “Migration to the United States After COVID-19.” This presentation included Rafael Fernández from the University of California San Diego weighing in on the topic. 

America has continued to throw up new obstacles for immigrants from a number of countries, and the process has only gotten worse with the threat of a pandemic hanging in the air. There are reports of officials using the hazards of illness as a way to keep information away from migrants who are already in America. It’s also become a convenient way to shut down new immigration efforts before they even begin. 

As it stands, there’s never been a better time for additional insight into the lives of migrants. In the news, the issue is often discussed with very little understanding of the actual issues. Politicians might reduce it to a single factor, whether they’re for harsher penalties or more open borders.

The realities of immigration can also be misunderstood by those in foreign countries. Some people might believe that it’s easy to cross over, with a new life waiting for them on the other side. Some people might have an idea of the risks, but quickly determine that the rewards are well worth taking on the potential dangers.

It’s difficult to account for people’s perceptions, especially when you consider that many migrants feel they don’t really have a choice. Whatever they’re leaving can’t possibly be worse than whatever’s ahead of them. 

Why do unaccompanied children come to the U.S.? What do they expect when they arrive? How will they lead their lives once they have the chance to? These answers depend on a number of factors, including age, financial circumstances, and legal concerns. To stand any chance of protecting minors, we need to know them. 

The Risks 

More than 43,000 minors come to Mexico alone from countries like El Salvador and Honduras. The research chair that’s been established with the help of Corporativo Kosmos knows far too well the risks that minors face. Due to their age and lack of resources, they try to enter illegally.

There are several transit points into the U.S., many staffed with guides who are there to help people move through the desert and bypass the immigration officials and guards who patrol the standard borders.

To cross the desert, a person needs immense physical strength and mental stamina. They might have to go without water for several days. They might lose their possessions if they run across a group of criminals. And unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to perish during these exhausting trips. 

Children especially face some of the worst possible dangers at the hands of dangerous people. They face higher odds of being raped or being kidnapped for the sale of their organs. Yet despite all of these potential travesties, immigration has only become more popular amongst unaccompanied minors. 

It’s why centers have sprung up in Mexico to offer minors food, shelter, and medical support. Philanthropists have taken it upon themselves to serve as a light in the dark for those who need it the most. If they can intervene at the right time, they can potentially change the entire course of a child’s life. The research from this collaboration might inspire anything from more funding to a more effective way to help minors opt for a safer path. 

The Hope of Tomorrow 

When people come over to the U.S., they’re often in pursuit of a distinctly American dream, one that’s likely been built up to the point of fantasy. The situation that people actually encounter can be difficult to navigate at best and life-threatening at worst.

Their story, which is often one of tremendous bravery, is crucial if we want to make it better for them. The foundation wants to examine these details in relation to the many adults in the minor’s life. This is not a matter of providing a meal or two to a minor and then sending them on their way. 

The larger goal is to contribute to a better country for all Mexican people. Businessmen and foundation leaders take responsibility for the state of their country. They take active roles in what happens there. It takes real vision and commitment to bring about such a change, one that all nations should take note of.

The Story of Elias Landsmanas

To understand why this is such an important topic for Landsmanas, it helps to understand his personal story. Elias Landsmanas came to Mexico in the late 1950s with his parents. Unlike many immigrant children today, he was able to look to his parents as role models who wanted to make their mark in their new country. 

His father, Pablo Landsmanas, founded Corporativo Kosmos, a corporation that prides itself on quality and versatility. Like so many entrepreneurs that came before and after Pablo, his success was built on finding ways to adapt to new markets and outpace competitors.

But the Landsmanas family was also interested in giving back to the community as much as they received from it. The legacy they wanted to build started with giving food to needy individuals and families, such as those who were sick, poor, or otherwise incapacitated. 

It’s why the Pablo Landmanas Foundation was officially born. Named for the man who began it all, the mission of the foundation was to promote a number of philanthropic endeavors. From education to environmental responsibility, the organization has taken an active role to keep vulnerable populations well cared for. 

Lasting Effects 

The foundation understands the larger benefits of minor migration. If they can get the situation under control, their research might spark real policy change in other regions. Other populations facing similar situations may be able to adapt some of the lessons to serve different groups. 

Corportivo Kosmos has thrived because its leaders have always seen the bigger picture. Pablo Landsmanas always saw the opportunities to branch out and do more in his work. Rather than letting the barriers stand in his way, he pushed forward to offer new services and expand his vision. Eight thousand people in the country have jobs because of him. 

These same values are carried into the charitable work that the company takes on too. More than 450,000 meals per month are handed out to those who need them most. Scholarships are doled out to the children of the employees of the corporation. This latest project is just one of many that are all designed to improve people’s lives and give them more options to pursue their dreams. 

The problems that lie behind immigration can’t be solved overnight, but they can be solved with enough attention. Anáhuac University has a serious job to do, but they have the right kind of support behind them. Elias Landsmanas is passionate about keeping minors as safe as possible and helping them move from one phase of their life to the next. Once he’s helped to establish the right foundation, his country can start putting the building blocks into place. Ultimately, the whole world might see more success stories and fewer failures as a result. 

 

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How Jack Landsmanas creates sustainable food security for Mexico

With technology growing and improving at exponential rates around the world, it’s time to start focusing on sustainability. That’s what entrepreneur Jack Landsmanas’ company Corporativo Kosmos is focusing on now: adopting and further developing sustainable practices.

As the leader of Mexico’s largest foodservice provider, Jack Landsmanas takes the initiative to invest in new technologies and innovations within the food industry, with the intent to give back.

The History of Corporativo Kosmos

Corporativo Kosmos was founded in 1959 by Don Pablo Landsmanas, Jack Landsmanas’ grandfather who strove to make a difference in his community. Before it became the powerhouse it is today, Pablo Landsmanas’ business began as a small butcher shop called La Modelo. With the passion and drive to create an impact on the world around him, Pablo created a company culture focused on serving others first, which organically grew into the ethical corporation it is today.

Now, under Jack Landsmanas’ leadership, the companies and organizations that comprise Corporativo Kosmos move tons of food every day, proudly serving and feeding communities across Mexico – honoring his grandfather’s legacy.

Sustainability in the Food Industry

Sustainability is all about looking at the big picture, making headway now to benefit the goals of tomorrow and on. This concept comes with placing value on optimization, reducing waste, and satisfying the needs of consumers today and future generations.

Jack Landsmanas believes that sustainable businesses are key to success in the future, but they’re also essential for supporting domestic and international economies, the earth, and up leveling the quality of life worldwide. He says, “We’ve launched a few sustainability projects with Corporativo Kosmos, but I think sustainability-focused ventures are the next big thing. If we can build a better battery, better solar panels, or more efficient water conservation solutions, we can save so many lives around the world. Life would be so much better for everyone. And the demand is there, too.”

The development of biotechnology is the first step to achieving sustainability: starting in the fields, all the way to the kitchen table. Starting with crop growth, biotechnology specializes in researching improvements for the quality of crops, reducing contamination, and preventing loss of crops from pest infestation.

This is where Jack Landsmanas takes sustainability a step further. Under his leadership, Corporativo Kosmos created a Sustainability Platform and established specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the company per The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States’ long-term goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States established an agenda to work toward sustainable development by 2030, which includes a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. Ending poverty worldwide
  2. Ending hunger and malnutrition
  3. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all
  4. Ensuring inclusive and quality life-long education and learning
  5. Achieving gender equality, specifically through the empowerment of all women and girls
  6. Ensuring the availability of quality water and adequate sanitation
  7. Ensuring access to clean energy for all
  8. Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment
  9. Promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation
  10. Reducing inequality within and among countries
  11. Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Taking urgent action to combat climate change
  14. Conserving oceans, seas, and marine life and resources
  15. Sustainably managing forests and combating biodiversity loss
  16. Promoting peaceful societies, and preventing conflict and distress migration
  17. Revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development

Essentially, Jack Landsmanas’s mission with Corporativo Kosmos boils these goals down to 3 main focus areas:

Zero Hunger

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States approximates that only 40% of produced food is consumed by humans and animals; the rest becomes waste. 30% of crops are rendered inedible due to pests and plant diseases, and consumers waste an additional 30% of food once it’s in their possession. With the proper use of biotechnology and utilizing ethical suppliers, less food will be wasted worldwide.

The next step toward achieving food security worldwide is promoting responsible production and consumption by establishing a circular economy. In a circular economy, resources are used for as long as possible, with every ounce of value extracted from the products while in use. From there, the leftovers are recovered and regenerated for as long as possible. Practically speaking, this means replacing plastic packaging with recyclable or biodegradable materials and investing in renewable energy sources.

Clean Water:

Water is a highly valuable and non-negotiable resource within the food industry. It’s used in every step in production and distribution. From growing food on farms, washing fresh produce, cooking, and sanitizing, clean water is an absolute necessity.

Jack Landsmanas specifically incorporates water-saving strategies such as the closed-loop system and vacuum evaporation.

Combating Climate Change

All resources ultimately come from the earth. With weather patterns becoming more extreme due to human-induced climate change, caring for the earth is more important now than ever before.

This is where Jack Landsmanas’ Sustainability Platform comes in. In addition to reducing waste, recycling where possible, and incorporating water-saving strategies, Corporativo Kosmos takes a more personal approach. Within Corporativo Kosmos is The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation, which promotes the protection of the environment and promoting economic development in Mexico as a result.

In essence, Jack Landsmanas, Corporativo Kosmos, and The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation are all working a sustainable future for you, for them, for Mexico.