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

Christian Unity, Human Solidarity

Christian Unity, Human Solidarity

The ecclesial division, inequality, and social inequity generated by the hegemonic neoliberal system continue to create marginalized and discarded victims; among these victims and discarded are forced to migrate

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A Migrant’s Hope

A Migrant’s Hope

As the minutes, hours, and days go by in the migrants, love-made hope is emerging from within them. Those feelings that disrupt the human being and that, at the same time, are part of the human being as a whole and go together with the other noble feelings of struggle, resistance, solidarity, compassion, and hope.

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Solidarity is the strength of the excluded

Solidarity is the strength of the excluded

On 20 December, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of Human Solidarity, which seeks to reaffirm the commitment of nations to build a world of greater solidarity and peace, respecting diversity and promoting initiatives aimed at reducing poverty. However, how can we talk about solidarity when every day we see the success of individualism and injustice towards migrants in the media and in the homes, shelters, refuges and canteens for migrants?

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Where we are?

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Understanding, building and growing the Network

Program Focus


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.