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.

Honduran hope has a woman’s name

Honduran hope has a woman’s name

Instead, this is a time for civil unity, for taking up the struggles of the native peoples and peasant communities. A time for strengthening the institutions that defend human rights, for re-establishing the autonomy and credibility of the powers of the State

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

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.

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?

Statement on overcrowding in Polideportivo Xonaca, Puebla City.

Statement on overcrowding in Polideportivo Xonaca, Puebla City.

During the visit of the Seminar’s coordinator to these facilities, she verified that within the migrant population there are pregnant women, as well as around 80 boys and girls, some of whom are complaining of dehydration and upper respiratory conditions caused by low temperatures, as well as the failure on the part of the state authorities to provide the minimum conditions that would guarantee the the protection of life, health, and integrity, mainly for the population of children, adolescents and pregnant women.

“Because I was hungry” … International Food Day

“Because I was hungry” … International Food Day

In this reality of the Central American peoples, there are specific faces, names, families and homes that, when they find themselves in a state of hunger must forcibly migrate. In the thousands who are forced to migrate from the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua

The mission of the Church:  Go out to meet the migrant

The mission of the Church: Go out to meet the migrant

On Friday, October 8, I participated together with Sister Ludivina Hernández, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Rosary, in the aission organized with Red Clamor Honduras Chapter, near Ocotepeque, Honduras and along the route taken by those who undertake forced migration.

October team building visits

October team building visits

This month the executive secretary of the Franciscan Network on Migration and other team members had the opportunity to visit several of our collaborating organizations in Mexico and the United States.

Saint Francis of Assisi: A brother of men and women on the way

Saint Francis of Assisi: A brother of men and women on the way

This disciple of Jesus lived and acted in a way that today gives us a light for these times of structural injustice that produces large impoverished majorities, destruction of our common home, and violence against the innocent. It therefore generates a large number of forced migrants to leave their “homeland”.

We demand unrestricted respect for the human rights of people in the context of human mobility within Mexican territory

We demand unrestricted respect for the human rights of people in the context of human mobility within Mexican territory

We, the Franciscan Network on Migration (RFM), as well as various groups and civil organizations that defend the human rights of migrants, have monitored the detentions and deportations against people in Mcallen, Texas directed to the El Ceibo, Guatemala border, as well as also from different places in Mexico to Villahermosa and Tenosique, Tabasco

Red Clamor Communiqué on the migratory situation in Mexico

Red Clamor Communiqué on the migratory situation in Mexico

We, the Latin American Church Network and Caribbean Migration, Refuge, Displacement and Trafficking (CLAMOR) of the Latin American Episcopal Council, which brings together more than 600 organizations of the Catholic Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, have seen in recent days the development of the National Institute of Migration and of the National Guard in the south of the Mexican Republic´s operations to contain migrants in the city of Tapachula, Chiapas.

Message of Pope Francis: Towards an ever wider “we”

Message of Pope Francis: Towards an ever wider “we”

In the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, I expressed a concern and a hope that remain uppermost in my thoughts: “Once this health crisis passes, our worst response would be to plunge even more deeply into feverish consumerism and new forms of egotistic self-preservation. God willing, after all this, we will think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’” (No. 35).

Franciscans International trains members of the Franciscan Network on Migration

Franciscans International trains members of the Franciscan Network on Migration

With the presentation of the first module, “The Franciscan roots of work with human mobility,” facilitated by Fr. Eduardo Jazo of the Regular Third Order and member of the Board of Directors of Franciscans International and Fr. José Luis González, SJ of the Jesuit Migration Network Central America and North America, the first session of the RFM 2021 training was inaugurated. This training service is offered online, synchronously, through the platform Zoom.

Indigenous peoples search for a dignified life in migration

Indigenous peoples search for a dignified life in migration

In the world there are more than 5,000 indigenous peoples and the vast majority with a fragile guarantee of human rights, are among the most vulnerable groups in migration, with strong incentives to flee their territories because of extreme poverty, loss of ancestral lands due to ecological, climatic and social crises.

30 July: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

30 July: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

“Victims’ Voices Lead the Way”. This year’s theme puts victims of human trafficking at the centre of the campaign and will highlight the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of human trafficking.

Migration and violence for being from the LGBTI community

Migration and violence for being from the LGBTI community

In recent years there have been many legal advances for the LGBTI community: agreements, decrees, and laws that assure respect for the most basic rights of people who belong to the LGBTI community, so that they can exercise and enjoy their freedoms without any repercussions.

In Central America, migration is forced and deportations are violent

In Central America, migration is forced and deportations are violent

It is important to emphasize that the “deportation” of migrants generates violence to the dignity and psychosocial structure of the person throughout the process, from the moment of capture, in the detention centers where minors and adults are kept, to the treatment when expelled from the destination country, all the way back to their home countries, where they are received with much the same kind of treatment…

Central America’s migration exodus

Central America’s migration exodus

The context of migration before the Central American exodus caravans. Human mobility is one of the most visible consequences of the globalized world, the product of a neoliberal model in which the poorest seem to have no place.

Serving in a Franciscan community “soup kitchen”

Serving in a Franciscan community “soup kitchen”

We carry out this work with respect, acceptance, dedication and generosity. Not only do we address the merely economic aspect of satisfying an immediate need, on the contrary, we establish signs of the presence of God all loving among the brothers and sisters who dare to ask for help from our house, which is also their house…

Migration: a meeting of views, knowledge and cultures

Migration: a meeting of views, knowledge and cultures

Cultural diversity has been a palpable reality in migration since the beginning of humanity. Consider a recent example from the history of the American continent, in what we now know as countries with a government structure based on a democratic rule of law, the USA and Canada of North America…

Migrant woman: an indelible mark for history.

Migrant woman: an indelible mark for history.

The Migrant Woman is a symbol of courage, of risk, and of struggles. They are entrepreneurs. They leave traces in their wake. Yes, indelible marks in history. They leave indelible marks in history, and for the whole world. But they are called “refugees” and they are “migrants,” without names or faces, as if they were all the same…

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…

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…

JPIC-OFM launches the Franciscan Network on Migration.

JPIC-OFM launches the Franciscan Network on Migration.

The idea of ​​the Franciscan Network on Migration emerged in April 2018 during the annual JPIC Course in Guadalajara, Mexico, whose central theme was “Migration: Franciscan causes, walls and perspectives” The work of La 72, a shelter migrants on the southern border of...

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.”

Tearing Down the Walls

Tearing Down the Walls

Migrants are ruining national economies and should not be allowed to work”
Politicians and others have often tried to demonize so-called ‘economic’ migrants in order to rally support for xenophobic policies or create a scapegoat during economic downturns…

Tearing Down the Walls

Tearing Down the Walls

Did you know that all migrants are NOT the same? It is incongruous to recognize all #migrants as being the same. This type of thinking can lead to different types of negative actions, such as violence, discrimination and impunity, making their living conditions increasingly precarious…

March 8: Migrant Women

March 8: Migrant Women

This March 8, from the drama of the migration of women, we demand mobility based on human rights, gender equity and equality, for migration policies that respect the dignity of each migrant and for the resurgence of justice in the countries of origin.

Migrant People: A Path to Conversion

Migrant People: A Path to Conversion

In this experience that God has given me to share, I found Jesus Christ, in the gaze of the most needy, of the most vulnerable. It begins in a classroom on the subject of missionary spirituality within the Franciscan context. While watching a video about La 72, I first approached what was a non-existent reality for me. This reality has now become a significant part of my life…

Press release regarding the latest exodus of Honduran migrants

Press release regarding the latest exodus of Honduran migrants

Upon learning of the departure of a new caravan of Honduran migrants, on January 11, the Vice Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Eduardo Hernández, stated that Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico together reiterated their foreign policy commitment to a safe, orderly and consistent migration process, where people’s safety is the priority.

December reflections in La 72 Migrant and Refugee Shelter

December reflections in La 72 Migrant and Refugee Shelter

En navidad y año nuevo, usualmente se piensa estar en compañía de los seres queridos y de la familia. Sin embargo, hay situaciones en las que no puede ser de esta manera. En las siguientes líneas se pretende hacer visible la experiencia de vivir estas fechas, desde la propia voz de las personas que viven en La 72.

When a new life arrives, there is joy

When a new life arrives, there is joy

Sometimes when you hear about migrants, you think the worst, but in reality this is not the case. Today we want to share the greatest and most sacred thing that exists in the world, which is life itself, as a gift from God to the world, to society and the family.

Forced migration is still a drama:  A clamor that reaches heaven.

Forced migration is still a drama: A clamor that reaches heaven.

In this time of pandemic, the health crisis situation has brought to light other crises that already existed in the countries of the Central American region. This reality highlighted the same causes by which many compatriots have been forced to leave their homes and migrate, even knowing all the mortal risks that they will confront on the way to the United States, passing through Mexico, the great Central American cemetery of mass graves.

Franciscan Sisters Deepen Into Migration Issues


Franciscan Sisters Deepen Into Migration Issues


The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Encuentro@The Border group grew from FSPA’s 2017 support of immigration as an issue for the congregation to explore. Instead of focusing merely on the meaning of “meet,” we chose to educate ourselves as to the deeper significance of immigration issues, namely the needs of people who could no longer remain in their homes and countries.


The Last Straw? New violations of detainee rights revealed

The Last Straw? New violations of detainee rights revealed

Three weeks ago Dawn Wooten, formerly a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center, came forward with accusations that a doctor had performed medically unnecessary hysterectomies on many women who were at the Irwin Center under the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Irwin is run by a private, for-profit company, LaSalle Corrections. From a story in Vice, “In interviews with Project South, a Georgia nonprofit, multiple women said that hysterectomies were stunningly frequent among immigrants detained at the facility.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Franciscan Network on Migration – USA

Franciscan Network on Migration – USA

The Network organized the first meeting for members of the Franciscan Network on Migration-USA in April. Twenty-nine individuals representing parishes and congregations including friars, sisters and lay workers joined in online

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.

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.

RFM Teams and Shelters  during COVID-19. Salto De Agua, Mexico.

RFM Teams and Shelters during COVID-19. Salto De Agua, Mexico.

The Salto de Agua migrant house in normal times can accommodate up to 200 people but very tight. The base team report that there are not now many migrants passing through their region. The house is still open during the pandemic, although the town has a COVID-19 case detected.

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.

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.

RFM Teams and Shelters  during COVID-19. Piedras Negras, Mexico

RFM Teams and Shelters during COVID-19. Piedras Negras, Mexico

The Frontera Digna shelter currently houses 34 adults and 14 children. The shelter provides 3 meals a day and will allow guests to stay as long as needed. However, the shelter cannot accept new people. In recent days there have not been many people arriving from the south.

Protect Migrants and Refugees during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Protect Migrants and Refugees during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 requires that everyone be included in prevention and protection strategies, especially the most vulnerable, including migrants and refugees. This pandemic is a public health crisis that brings home how interconnected we are. It is
our collective responsibility to act rapidly and in solidarity.

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.