The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joins over 40 U.S.-based faith, human rights, foreign policy, humanitarian, immigrant rights and border-based civil society organizations in a statement to express deep concern over the Trump Administration’s latest actions on Central America including the wholesale cutoffs of assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
The history of Maryknoll in Latin America is rich and deep. Our commitment to the promotion of social justice and peace in the region cost several of our missioners their lives during the years of oppression, including Fr. Bill Woods, MM in Guatemala (1976), and Sisters Ita Ford, MM, Maura Clarke, MM and Carla Piete, MM in El Salvador in 1980. Some, like Fr. Miguel D’Escoto in Nicaragua, have served in public roles in support of those who live in poverty. Countless others have accompanied the Central American people in their daily struggles for survival, for social justice, for an end to the violence that destroys their communities; for new life.
Among the particular concerns of Maryknoll in Latin America are poverty, its causes and consequences; migration and refugees; health care, especially holistic care that includes good nutrition and preventative care; access to essential medicines for treatable or curable illness; HIV and AIDS; the rights and dignity of women and children; the response of authorities to the growth in gang violence; mining concessions; just trade agreements; debt cancellation; small and subsistence farming and other work accessible to people who are poor; and environmental destruction.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns condemns President Trump's emergency declaration and calls on Congress to enact immigration policies that protect human rights.
As the leadership of the Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, we denounce the cruel and immoral “zero-tolerance” immigration policy enacted by the Trump Administration which has resulted in the separation of over 2,300 children from their parents, the criminal prosecution of anyone who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, and severe restrictions on asylum applications.
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The Trump administration is requesting a large increase in discretionary funding for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2019.
Congratulations to Maryknoll Sr. Patricia Ryan and Derechos Humanos y Medio Ambiente (DHUMA), on being named the 2018 recipients of the Letelier-Moffitt International Human Rights Award.
The following article was published by Development and Peace Caritas Canada on May 10, 2018 and entitled “Latin American bishops make urgent call for an ecological conversion in new pastoral exhortation.”
A delegation of Honduran religious leaders and human rights defenders conclude a 10-city US speaking tour in Washington, DC this Friday, May 18, to raise awareness on, and generate faith-based solidarity for, Honduras.
We call on Congress to step in immediately and create a permanent solution for Honduran TPS holders.
Catholic bishops from eight dioceses in Texas, Arizona, and California issued a statement criticizing President Donald Trump's announcement on April 4 that he would deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
A fact-finding mission in 2017 has led to changes by the World Bank and the government of Brazil to address land grabbing and environmental destruction by plantations connected to international investment funds.
Dallana Contreras of Cáritas Colombia wrote the following article about her work with communities defending their land rights against national and international economic interests in the Amazon and Orinoco regions.
Pope Francis continues to raise the importance of the Amazon region, its indigenous communities and unique natural environment, to the Church and the world. But questions remain and more dialogue is needed.
Fr. Paul Masson, currently on the Maryknoll Society's General Council, served in mission in Chile and in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Fr. Ray Finch has served as a missioner in the Andean regions of Latin America for many years, most recently in Bolivia.
Dr. Ann Carr, Maryknoll Affiliate, writes this reflection about her time working at the Texas-Mexico border.
Mary Gill and her husband Pat Denevan were Maryknoll lay missioners in Oaxaca, Mexico, where they still live. They now participate as Maryknoll Affiliates.
This week's reflection was written by Fr. Tom Henehan who has spent his mission life in South America.
This All Saints Day reflection is written by Rhegan Hyypio, a former Franciscan lay missioner who spent a year working with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Dan Moriarty writes this week's scripture reflection; Dan is a former lay missioner who now coordinates the Maryknoll Bolivia Immersion Program.
This week's reflection is written by Kathy McNeely, who is currently a staff member with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Kathy spent several years in Guatemala as a lay missioner.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by lay missioner Christine Perrier.