A call to action: how to help in times of a health and humanitarian emergency?

by Dec 28, 2021Blog, Immigration Task Force0 comments

The Migrant, Immigrant and Refugee Network is part of the CCVI counterproposal to the globalization of indifference that denies the dignity of people and criminalizes people who seek a dignified and safe life for themselves and their families.

Although the migratory crisis on our borders is not a new situation, the agencies involved in the welcoming, protection and attention to migrants were forced to rethink their processes and transform their care models to respond to the needs of the migrant and refugee population in face of the pandemic.

Resisting the pandemic

Committed to globalizing compassion, cooperation and solidarity, we decided to collaborate with other Catholic institutions and nonprofit organizations through our Migrant, Immigrant and Refugee Network (MIRN). Through MIRN, and in alliance with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, 9 projects that range from Tapachula (Chiapas) to Tijuana (Baja California Norte) and San Antonio (Texas) were strengthened, and this benefited thousands of Central Americans, Mexicans, Haitians and migrants from other countries. The information presented below breaks down the impacts achieved from March 2021 to October 2021.

Interfaith Welcome Coalition

CCVI-MIRN support helped IWC find temporary safe spaces for individuals and families who had to go through a period of quarantine before they could enter a temporary shelter or continue to their destination. The 180 migrants and asylum seekers accompanied were originally from Haiti, Angola and Congo.

Arise Circle of Friends project of the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability of the University of the Incarnate Word

In the city of San Antonio, and with a presence in McAllen and Pharr, the Arise Circle of Friends managed to implement different programs aimed at addressing health and wellness issues and support more than 450 beneficiaries providing Cardinal puppets teaching for COVID-19 prevention, prayer time for children, math tutoring, financial education and development of a food pantry in each center.

Welcoming, promoting, protecting and integrating: How can we continue to support migrants and refugees from our trenches?

We will continue working to promote a culture of encounter, hospitality and welcome in conjunction with other Catholic institutions and civil society organizations that work directly with the migrant, asylum seeker and refugee population in the United States, Mexico and Peru. If you want to know more about the Network and our activities or if you have a project aimed to welcome and integrate migrants and refugees in your community do not hesitate to reach out!

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