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

Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2020

We are pleased to share with you our 2020 annual report. Thanks to the dedication of all those who participate in and support the Franciscan Network on Migration, we were able to accomplish much in 2020…

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Labor: The Fallacy of the American Dream

Labor: The Fallacy of the American Dream

The Covid-19 pandemic demonstarted that 74% of undocumented migrants in the United States were essential workers (Center for Migration Studies, 2020), workers who, for the most part, lack the minimum labor rights that any citizen or documented worker enjoys. These include the right to health care, the granting of work permits, and basic health and safely measures that prevent the spread of the coronavirus, among others…

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Earth Day Reflection on Ecological Debt and Human Mobility

Earth Day Reflection on Ecological Debt and Human Mobility

As we acknowledge and commemorate Earth Day this week, we should be mindful of the new refugees who must seek higher ground – sometimes literally as sea levels rise, but also metaphorically as desert soil often cannot provide enough food and water to support human needs…

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10th Anniversary of La 72 Migrant and Refugee Shelter

10th Anniversary of La 72 Migrant and Refugee Shelter

It should be noted that 10 years after its foundation, the Project for Attention to Migrants in Tenosique, Tabasco called La 72 Migrant and Refugee Shelter, Pies Descalzos A.C, the social gospel work of the Franciscan Province of San Felipe de Jesús in the Southeast of Mexico

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Tearing Down the Walls

Tearing Down the Walls

“Unlike refugees, migrants can return to their homes”
“Migrants that fled the effects of climate change did so not out of choice but out of the need to escape conditions that could not provide for even the most fundamental of their rights.”

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Where we are?

Learn about our shelters and teams 

Iniciatives

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.