FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        January 22th, 2018                                                       Contact: Martin Pineda at mpineda@carecen, (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; Martin Pineda 562-916-5650 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


(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

CARECEN: 5th Circuit Court Decision in Politically Motivated Lawsuit Keeps 1.5 Million Californians in Limbo

(May 26, 2015, Los Angeles) – Today, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to grant an emergency stay lifting an injunction against President Obama’s executive action programs known as DAPA and DACA in a politically motivated decision that aims to create fear and uncertainty for more than 5 million people across the nation, and 1.5 million Californians, who stand to benefit from the President’s executive action on immigration. Continue reading

CARECEN: Texas Lawsuit is a Reactionary Tantrum That Separates Families, Keeps Immigrants in The Shadows

(May 19, 2015, Los Angeles) – On this 180th day since President Obama announced administrative relief measures to protect millions from deportation, CARECEN Los Angeles calls for an end to Texas v. United States, the reactionary tantrum that cynically attempts to block those programs, and announces its preparations for administrative relief. Continue reading