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

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.