Who We Are

History of the Network

The Franciscan Network on Migration emerged in April 2018 at the JPIC Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico. The work of La 72, a migrant and refugee shelter on the southern border of Mexico, inspired conversations among the friars about how to share information, and offer support and protection for people who have been forcefully displaced due to situations of extreme poverty, institutional violence, organized crime, and drug cartels, and other individuals and groups who would exploit their vulnerability, particularly to the people of the northern triangle of Central America: Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Our Vision

The vision of the Franciscan Network on Migration is to create a network of lay and religious men and women who are affiliated with the Franciscan family and working on migration issues. This is an inclusive effort that aims to bring together all Franciscan-hearted-people who are running or serving in projects such as migrant centers and shelters, houses of refuge, parishes, and individual ministries, for mutual support, experiential learning, promotion of best practices and approaches, and coordinated advocacy efforts.

Our vision is that this coordinated corridor of support will run from Central America through Mexico to the United States and will leverage our collective efforts and enhance the support we currently provide to migrants and refugees. The creation of the Network will allow migrants and refugees to better access the wide range of resources and support. There is no monopoly on this issues and on ministry to migrants and refugees, and therefore the Franciscan Network on Migration envisions collaborating with many organizations and institutions that support and protect migrants and refugees.

Our Objectives

We aim to: Strengthen the corridor of support from Central America through Mexico to the US focusing on efforts in the southern border region.

Enhance direct services and deepen the impact of coordinated advocacy at national and international levels.

Increase the sustainability of the migrant houses through establishment of and support for model, replicable self-sustainability projects.

Enhance the quality of services for especially vulnerable populations across the region such as women, children, unaccompanied adolescents, and LGBTQ people, throughout the region.