FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Name: Silvana Lezama May 4, 2018 Phone Number: 424- 261-4390 Email: email@example.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
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.”
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.
For Immediate Release: Contact: Xochitl Sanchez 323-477-5237 firstname.lastname@example.org; Martin Pineda 562-916-5650 email@example.com 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
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