Central American Refugees Asking U.S. for Humanitarian Aid and Protection Decades of Ineffective U.S. Foreign Policy Major Factor in Regional Crisis

  For Immediate Release Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018, armando2k7@gmail.com  Central American Refugees Asking U.S. for Humanitarian Aid and Protection Decades of Ineffective U.S. Foreign Policy Major Factor in Regional Crisis Continue reading

CARECEN Stands Against the Detention of Migrant Children

  For Immediate Release: September 7, 2018                                                                                                          CARECEN Stands Against the Detention of Migrant Children “No child belongs behind bars, we call for an end to the inhumane detention of ALL migrants.” Continue reading

Somalia TPS: DHS Secretary Continues Effort Strip Legal Immigrants of Status

For Immediate Release July 20, 2018 Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018, Armando@ndlon.org Nationwide – On Thursday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued an extension of TPS for 18 months without redesignation to TPS giving Somali TPS holders a year and a half to leave the United States. While the Temporary Protected Status for Somalia was extended, a continued effort remains to pass legislation in Congress that achieves full residency for all TPS holders.   Continue reading

Honduras TPS

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Name: Silvana Lezama                                                                                  May 4, 2018 Phone Number: 424- 261-4390 Email: silvanadlezama@gmail.com CARECEN CONDEMNS THE ADMINISTRATION’S DECISION TO TERMINATE TPS FOR HONDURAS The Cancellation of TPS Honduras threatens the lives of over 57,000 Hondurans, their families and their community Continue reading

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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