CARECEN SOTU Response

Press Statement January 31, 2018   CARECEN Denounces President Trump’s State of the Union Statements Criminalizing Central American Immigrants   Los Angeles, CA – CARECEN-Los Angeles, an organization founded by Salvadoran refugees in 1983, condemns President Trump’s comments on Unaccompanied Minors and the MS-13 gang during his first State of the Union address. Central American gangs like MS-13 are a distinctly U.S. phenomenon, born of long-standing systematic racism and the failure of the U.S. government to adequately acknowledge the refugees it created through death squads and dictatorships in Central America. This U.S. problem was then exported/deported to Central America, where gang and state violence combine to make life unlivable for a huge section of the population, including the child refugees or unaccompanied children. “Utilizing this ongoing, long-term tragedy to justify further repression against Central Americans, Latino immigrants, and unaccompanied minors is yet another way this Administration is pushing forward a xenophobic and anti-immigrant agenda”, said Martha Arevalo CARECEN Executive Director. “If the U.S. government truly wants to find a solution to the Central American gang crisis, it must first take responsibility for its role in its creation, admit that the gang war, drug war, and further militarization of Central America are failed policies, and recognize the humanity of Central Americans. We will continue to organize and defend against these vile and politically motivated attacks directed against our immigrant and refugee families.”

CARECEN-LA DENOUNCES REPRESSION IN HONDURAS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        January 22th, 2018                                                       Contact: Martin Pineda at mpineda@carecen-la.org, (562)916-5650 CARECEN-LA Joins Faith Leaders & Social Justice Advocates Traveling to Honduras in Wake of Contested Elections, Widespread Protests and Violence Amid of a week of action to coincide with the controversial presidential election  Martin Pineda, a staff member of CARECEN-LA, will be traveling to Honduras on Jan 24, to join 50 faith and social justice leaders from the United States to observe the ongoing civil strife affecting the country since the contested presidential elections in November of last year. CARECEN- LA and the rest of the delegation seek to encourage respect for human rights activists, journalists, and other advocates of democracy who have been arrested and acted upon with violent force. Reports indicate that more than 40 civilians have been killed and over 1,000 detained or injured by Honduran state security forces. Activist leaders like Father Melo of ERIC-Radio Progreso have received numerous death threats from state and unknown actors over the years, with instances increasing in the last few weeks. We demand the end of the repression against human rights and democracy defenders. The faith leaders and social justice advocates seek mediation with international presences to end the political crisis that has put the life of many in jeopardy. Even if the U.S. government has recognized the announced results of the elections, the majority of the international community recognizes the extreme high probability of fraud in those results and supports the opposition’s call for a re-count or new elections.  Leaders of the opposition Alliance in Honduras initiated a national strike leading up to the inauguration of Juan Orlando Hernandez on Saturday, January 27. The opposition Alliance demands an end to the violence against peaceful protestors and the removal of Hernandez from office. As a Central American immigrant rights organization, we consider the continued political and military support provided by the United States as a green light for this illegitimate regime to continue its state sponsored repression. CARECEN-LA has seen this type of violence before during the 1980’s, as thousands of Central American refugees fled the bloody U.S sponsored civil wars that destabilized the region and the situation in Honduras unfortunately reminds us of that tragic era that led so many to seek refuge in the United States. CARECEN-LA’s mission continues to be to empower Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice and promoting cultural diversity. The situation in Honduras is frightening, as US support for a de facto dictatorship in 2018 is a blow to democracy, human rights, and refugee rights throughout the hemisphere. We stand in solidarity with all those who are tired of living under the corruption and violence of the current government, and call upon the international community to reject the destruction of democracy in Honduras and the repression of peaceful protestors. We also call upon our own US government to cease its economic, military, and political support for the continuity of an obviously illegitimate government.

CARECEN Statement Regarding Decision to End TPS for El Salvador

For Immediate Release: Contact: Xochitl Sanchez 323-477-5237 xsanchez@carecen-la.org; Martin Pineda 562-916-5650 mpineda@carecen-la.org January 8, 2018   Continue reading

Statement from the Central American Resource Center – Los Angeles (CARECEN-LA) Regarding the Revocation of TPS for Haitians

  Statement from the Central American Resource Center – Los Angeles (CARECEN-LA) Regarding the Revocation of TPS for Haitians November 20, 2017 Continue reading

CARECEN Rejects Trump's Executive Orders Against Immigrant & Muslim Communities

January 25, 2017, Los Angeles – Today, President Trump has made good on his enduring campaign promise of persecuting immigrants, refugee and Muslim communities with two executive orders that direct scarce government resources to build a wall, victimize Sanctuary cities, ban refugees and build up a federal force to deport millions. CARECEN rejects these actions and promises to fight and resist this agenda of hate and exclusion. Continue reading

MURDER OF HONDURAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST BERTA CÁCERES SHOWS WHY NO ONE IS SAFE IN HONDURAS TODAY

(March 4, 2016, Los Angeles) – CARECEN joins the social justice community in mourning the shooting yesterday of Honduran environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres in her hometown of La Esperanza. “We stand with the family of Berta Cáceres as witnesses to this lawless crime,” said Martha Arévalo, executive director of CARECEN. “We condemn the government inaction which has led to the growing violence and intolerance in Honduras.” Continue reading

Central American organizations and allies respond to the recent 2016 ICE Raids targeting Refugee Mothers, Children, and Families

JANUARY 12th, 2016—We, as Central American organizations and allies who have collectively worked closely with hundreds of Central American refugee mothers, children, and families since January 2014, including the mothers who went on hunger strike in 2015 at Karnes Detention Center to demand their own freedom, call on the Obama Administration to meet the following demands immediately: Continue reading