Who We Are
History of the Network
The Franciscan Network for Migrants 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.
The Franciscan Network for Migrants is a network of franciscan-hearted people, lay and religious, who offer support, humanitarian assistance and welcome to people displaced from their countries of origin.
The mission of the Network is to promote and defend the dignity of each person in order to ensure best practices of integration of and encounter with the migrant person.
A Network of migrant support centers, shelters, parishes, schools and institutes, advocacy teams, and services who, inspired by the franciscan charism, form a corridor for migrant humanitarian support throughout the Americas.
Strengthen the constellation of support from Central America through Mexico to the United States, focusing on efforts in the southern border region.
Improve direct services and deepen the impact of coordinated promotion at the national and international levels.
Increase the sustainability of migrant shelters houses by establishing and supporting replicable self-sustainability model projects.
Improve the quality of services for especially vulnerable populations throughout the region, such as women, children, unaccompanied adolescents, and LGBTQI persons, throughout the region.
Active Listening: Assist and give adequate response to migrants.
Collaboration: Join forces with organizations and institutions that support and protect migrants and refugees.
Fellowship: Promote the human and supportive encounters for all our migrant brothers.
Peace: Advocate for and build alternative paths and spaces of hope for peace.
Accompaniment: Assist migrants on their journey and advocate to broaden the horizon, to simplify the migrant route, and to assure the existence of and access to protective mechanisms.
Justice: Identify and provide the necessary tools and resources for migrants to demand humane treatment based on their rights.
Freedom: Respect the agency of every person to grow, develop, and become fully and integrally human.