Welcome

The mission of the Franciscans is to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Luke 4:18-19 says that Jesus came to bring the good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

The Franciscan Network on Migration brings together the franciscan family and allies who are working on behalf of migrants and refugees in the Americas, in migrant centers and shelters, parishes, and other ministries.

This initiative of the Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Order of Friars Minor is building a systematic, integral and focused attention to finding solutions for specific problems related to forced displacement, particularly for the people of Central America.

We facilitate mutual support, experiential learning, promotion of best practices, and coordinated advocacy efforts.

We aim to articulate, protect, train and disseminate information. We offer holistic accompaniment to displaced people and influence the transformation of structural causes that originate and maintain lethal human displacement in the region.

Through our network, we will raise, systematize and disseminate human rights information in order to influence local and regional migration policies and compliance with the laws to protect migrants and refugees, in Central America, Mexico and the United States.

We follow Pope Francis in his call to welcome, promote, integrate and protect people suffering from forced mobility in the region, offering comprehensive support in their movement.

News and Press Releases

Guatemala, Migrant Week, September 1-6

Guatemala, Migrant Week, September 1-6

The Pilgrim House of the Migrant “Brother Saint Peter” invites you to celebrate Migrant Week, from September 1st to 6th, with a series of initiatives that you can participate in online. “Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee. Welcome, protect, promote and integrate the internally displaced…

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COVID 19: The wall of death for migrants in Mexico

COVID 19: The wall of death for migrants in Mexico

When the health emergency was declared in Mexico by the Secretary of Health, various agreements and protocols were implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19. In this context, on April 16, 2020, the First Administrative Judge in Mexico City set an important precedent at the national level by ordering the administrative authorities, including the National Institute of Migration, to take the necessary measures for the protection of the life and health of migrants, asylum seekers or international protection applicants in the immigration stations.

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X Anniversary of the massacre in San Fernando Tamaulipas

X Anniversary of the massacre in San Fernando Tamaulipas

Every year on August 23, La 72, Migrant and Refugee Shelter commemorates the 10th anniversary of the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando Tamaulipas. Each year we raise our voices for those who can no longer do so, with hearts full of pain and anger. Their memory is not forgotten, and our voices are ready to continue demanding justice.

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Another brutal attack on migrants, and once again, the authorities won’t respond

Another brutal attack on migrants, and once again, the authorities won’t respond

To all Civil Society Organizations
To the Municipal, State and Federal Authorities:

During the time that we have been working for migrant human rights, we have denounced the acts of violence exercised against them, both by common criminals as well as by the organized and arbitrary acts of the authorities. During this time of the public health emergency of COVID-19, the migratory flow has decreased; however, violence on the migratory route, which translates into assaults, robberies, sexual violence and kidnapping, has not.

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End the climate of harassment towards migrants on the southern border

End the climate of harassment towards migrants on the southern border

To all Civil Society Organizations

To the Municipal, State and Federal Authorities:

As the team responsible for accompanying migrants in La 72, a refugee home for migrants, we express our outrage and make known through this statement the prevailing situation in the surroundings of our shelter in Tenosique, Tabasco and at the same time we want to bring to public awareness a series of humiliations and harassment and the violation of human rights of our Central American brothers.

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The Franciscan Network on Migration in Honduras and Clamor Network of Honduras Collaborate to Offer an Online Course on Internal Displacement

The Franciscan Network on Migration in Honduras and Clamor Network of Honduras Collaborate to Offer an Online Course on Internal Displacement

On August 14, the “Internal Displacement with Pastoral Orientations” course began as a collaborative effort of the Clamor Network of Honduras, the Franciscan Network on Migration in Honduras (RFM-H), the Human Mobility Pastoral Program (PMH). ), the Jesuit Reflection, Research and Communication Team (ERIC), Caritás of Honduras, JPIC-CONFEREH (JPIC- Conference of Religious in Honduras), and the Social Pastoral in Honduras. Among the course participants were people from Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru.

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San Francisco cafeteria for migrants in Mazatlán, a response to migration in times of COVID

San Francisco cafeteria for migrants in Mazatlán, a response to migration in times of COVID

To speak of migration or human mobility is to speak of one of the great challenges of humanity and, if to this we add the health problem of Covid -19, we are facing a truly titanic and uncertain situation, since this entails adding to the already difficult task of mobility, the challenge of public health checkpoints, the closure of some shelters and humanitarian aid stations, limited hospital clinics and a population frightened by excessive information about the Coronavirus.

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Online conferences on DACA

Online conferences on DACA

One of the immediate immigration issues that we, in the United States, face is DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This program was created by President Obama for these young individuals, also known as Dreamer, through an executive order in June 2012. There are more than 600,000 dreamers in this country and DACA under the present administration this program is being challenged.

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Rogue State: The U.S. and immigrant detention in the time of COVID

Rogue State: The U.S. and immigrant detention in the time of COVID

On July 22, a federal court in Canada declared that sending refugees back to the United States violates those refugees’ fundamental rights: “The Court found that sending refugee claimants back to the U.S. violates their Charter right to liberty and security of the person because many of them are arbitrarily detained in the US in immigration detention centres or county jails, often in atrocious conditions and in clear contravention of international standards.”

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The coronavirus crisis – a turning point

The coronavirus crisis – a turning point

Spiritual orientation can also provide guidance. In this context, we could draw inspiration from those who follow the guidance of Francis and Clare of Assisi. While they lived in another century and faced other crises, social problems, and epidemics, their work may still shape our present actions. According to his own words in the Testament, Francis finds his way out of this personal life crisis because he dared to overcome the “social distancing” towards lepers imposed by society and the church at that time through friendship and solidarity.

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On the way … first season

On the way … first season

During the month of June, every Thursday, a series of online interviews were carried out on Facebook with members of the Franciscan Network on Migration (RFM) in collaboration with “La ventana de pazybien.es” (The window of pazybien.es). It was an innovative experience where topics on migration were addressed based on the experience and testimony of the guest speakers.

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On the way… testimonies from the Franciscan Network on Migration

On the way… testimonies from the Franciscan Network on Migration

June 4, next Thursday, we will begin a series of online interviews “on the way” with members of the Franciscan Network on Migration in collaboration with “la ventana de pazybien.es.” We will address some issues on migration based on the experience and testimony of each guest speaker, who is involved in the protection, defense, and care of migrants in one way or another.

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THE FRANCISCAN EXPERIENCE & RESPONSE: COVID19 & BEYOND

THE FRANCISCAN EXPERIENCE & RESPONSE: COVID19 & BEYOND

The participants talked about how the COVID19 pandemic has exacerbated social and economic divisions in society. There is a fear that the pandemic will see more deaths from poverty than from the virus itself. The lockdowns and the economic slowdown have seen a disproportionate loss of income amongst those living at the peripheries. The immediate need we face is the call for food and safe shelter.

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Deportation Update, April 2020

Deportation Update, April 2020

In April 2020 the US began immediate deportations of people who try to cross the border illegally without any due process. They are not receiving applications for asylum. Without reference to their nationality, they are being delivered to INM or dropped off in Mexico and the INM picks them up off the street and then holds them in detention.

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RFM Teams and Shelters  during COVID-19. Mazatlán, México

RFM Teams and Shelters during COVID-19. Mazatlán, México

The Comedor San Francisco continues to provide food to people. However, since they cannot feed them together in the dining room, they are distributing bags with basic foods: cakes, sandwiches, tuna or sardines, canned goods, cookies, bottled water, cooked eggs, etc. People are not allowed to stay there onsite.

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RFM Teams and Shelters  during COVID-19. Guatemala City

RFM Teams and Shelters during COVID-19. Guatemala City

Given the restrictions established by the Guatemalan government, there are currently no people housed at the Mezquital refuge. The last people to stay included a family from Honduras and 3 men from San Pedro Sula and Olancho. This was on March 14. The restrictions are for the protection of staff and volunteers. They will evaluate these rules once the restrictions are lifted.

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Franciscan Network Launches Membership

Franciscan Network Launches Membership

With our vision to create a network of Franciscans and franciscan-hearted people who are working on migration issues, the Franciscan Network on Migration is pleased to announce the launch of our formal membership.

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Mapping Project

Learn about our shelters and services.

Gathering

Understanding, building and growing the Network

Program Focus

Capacity-Building

Members of the Network are already providing a myriad of resources to migrants. Network members will be able to enhance each other’s work by sharing information and resources via different media (bulletins, meetings and gatherings, capacity-building seminars, resource and route maps, threat advisories, etc.) that they can then pass on to migrants in their care along the route.s.

Support and Protection

Members of the Network will foster the establishment of migrant centers, shelters and houses of refuge in areas where there is a lack of resources by connecting donors to new and ongoing programs.

Advocacy and Collaboration.

Fidelity to the Gospel message compels us to not only to recognize the face of Christ in the poor and the excluded, but also to engage in a social analysis to identify the processes of impoverishment and exclusion e.g. root causes, agents, victims, mechanisms and consequences.