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.
July 30 is the international day against human trafficking and many organizations have joined the campaign Campaign: “Life Is Not a Commodity on Sale”…
“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.
The popular migrant newspaper is an initiative born out of volunteer and comes to life in the hands and ideas of the people who live in La 72.
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…
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.
New migration trends are emerging in Latin America. Migrants of African and extra-continental origin are increasingly visible, before and during the pandemic.
The Franciscan Network on Migration trains migrant houses and support teams on proposal writing and donor relations
The Franciscan Network for Migrants offered a workshop with the purpose of providing the local RFM teams with the information and tools necessary to apply for funding and administer grants
As a candidate Biden promised, and seemed poised early on, to chart a new path toward a more people-centered reform agenda. As president he has taken many hopeful steps, but still leans on deterrence and criminalization to a degree that is concerning.
RFM participates in interactive dialogue with The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants
This June 24, the Franciscan Network for Migrants, through its Advocacy Committee has collaborated with Franciscans International together with 30 other organizations have made a joint statement on the reality of migration in Mexico, Guatemala and the United States....
With all of this and the fear that seized them, we traveled to Palenque where they had been captured by actors in organized crime, to file the complaint.
The project is coordinated by RFM-Honduras team, supported and managed by the Coordination Committee of the Franciscan Network on Migration in coordination with the Faculty of Sciences Psychological the National Autonomous University of Honduras…
Caring for and protecting our Common Home is an unavoidable responsibility. Pope Francis calls us to assume reciprocally and unequivocally this ecological commitment to be able to give a new meaning to our existence…
Mexico fails to comply with the recommendations of the Committee on the elimination of Racial Discrimination
We call on Mexico to implement the recommendations that various human rights mechanisms have made in the context of the protection of human rights of migrants, asylum seekers and human right defenders that work with them.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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...
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…
“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.”
The Clamor Network presents the mapping of ecclesial human mobility services in Latin America and the Caribbean
These data are updated as of March 2021 and people in a situation of human mobility as well as pastoral agents will be able to access detailed information on accommodation, food, health, clothing, legal advice, spiritual assistance, integration, among many others.
The Franciscan Network on Migration (RFM) is pleased to share some of our plans for 2021. These plans include collaboration with Franciscans International…
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…
The Franciscan Network for Migrants from the US – Mexico – Central America, firmly repudiates the events that occurred on March 27 of this year in the Tumbe Ka neighborhood of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico..
The reality of where individuals choose or are able to migrate to is much different…
As human beings, our very existence depends on the planet we inhabit, where everything is connected and integrated into one single community of life.
An important place to focus on in this work is U.S. immgration policy, which targets Haitians and migrants from other majority black countries for highly discriminatory treatment. There is no evidence that Biden “gets” it.
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…
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.
This advocacy diagnosis combines these testimonies with a review of the most recent information from relevant literature, as well as with interviews with other key actors…
Franciscans International: New Migration Dynamics in Northern Central America, Mexico and the United States
This work is the result of a close cooperation between Franciscans International and the Red Franciscana Para Migrantes, combing a review of relevant literature with firsthand testimonies from Franciscan shelters in the region.
The members of the Franciscan Network for Migrants gathered to celebrate together the World Day called by Pope Francis on the occasion of the liturgical memory of Saint Josephine Bakhita.
In the first days of the year 2021, we have been surprised again by the caravans of migrants, approximately 9000 people, mainly from Honduras, including hundreds of underage children…
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…
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.
International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking: An Economy without Human Trafficking
The International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 2021 brings into the spotlight one of the main causes of human trafficking: the dominant economic model of our time, whose limits and contradictions are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Franciscan Network on Migration (RFM) extends a warm invitation to all those who are interested in serving at migrant and refugee shelters associated with our network in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States.
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.
From the Franciscan Network for Migrants, we invite you to participate in the celebration, “Christmas at La 72” and the launch of the 2021 volunteer campaign. We are also taking part as an organization that will receive volunteers during the next year .
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.
This publication aims at deconstructing predominant myths about migration and human mobility more generally, from a human rights perspective. In doing so, the paper reflects the lived experiences of Franciscans and our other partners who are focused on and support migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons, and victims of human trafficking.
We are delighted to invite you to this virtual launch of Franciscans International’s new publication on migration.
Fray Trino Espinal, member of the Franciscan Network on Migration’s coordinating team, is out in Culmi and has been participating in the assessment of the Eta damage.
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.
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.
Migration is a social reality in the history of humanity and inherent to it is the right to development and improvement of living conditions, influenced by multiple factors, such as the following:
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.
World Migrant Week is a week in which the church intensifies many activities to continue promoting the message of recognition of the rights of migrants with celebrations and actions such as Eucharist, conferences, courses, festivals, radio programs and live talks.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
During these difficult times, we find solace and inspiration in life’s simple pleasures. From La 72, amidst the suffering and hardship, joy and companionship grow out of creating and sharing age-old traditions.
Our shelter in the Province of San Felipe de Jesus has a long history of dedication to the protection and wellbeing of migrants in the southern Mexico region. In this video, La 72 staff describe humanitarian assistance provided to migrants who seek shelter there.
Presented by Armando González
Thank you, Madam President,
Franciscans International, PBI and the Franciscan Network on Migration, greet the report on the right to freedom of association of migrants and their defenders of the Rapporteur Special.
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.
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.
Due to the high-risk situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many of the other houses for migrants, we initiated protocol to address this situation, ensuring the well-being and health of the population to whom we provide humanitarian support and defense of human rights.
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.
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 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.
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.
During COVID-19, the Franciscan Network’s team in Honduras has focused on providing humanitarian aid and developing a “Laudato Si” project to promote self-sufficiency in their communities.
The 72 Home-Shelter for Migrants is under quarantine. There are some people who entered after the quarantine began, but staff require them to remain isolated for 14 days, in the area that once housed unaccompanied minors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Friday April 3, a fire broke out during a protest in a makeshift facility, located in Piedras Negras, Mexico, which is being used to detain people deported from the United States.
It is with great pain and rage we denounce and deeply resent the death last March 31, 2020 of a Guatemalan migrant at the Tenosique Migration Station.
Franciscan Network in Honduras Aims to Raise Consciousness and Take Action to Confront the Critical Migration Situation
The Franciscan Network on Migration’s team in Honduras (RFM-Honduras) is composed of Franciscan and other religious and lay people who minister in different areas of the country. Members of RFM-Honduras represent some of the initial organizers of the Network and over the past year they have worked to consolidate their team
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.