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A Tough Journey For Our Family

We left Venezuela together, having faith in God that we would arrive at our destination. The lack of basic necessities and the organized delinquency in our country obliged us to go out, fleeing, leaving behind our loved ones and a part of our lives. We were my husband, my son and I, but we were… continue reading

New Migrants Arriving at Casa Juan Diego – Can you help?

I had commented to our (few) Catholic Workers last week that the Lord was having mercy on us, giving us a break, because a number of families or individuals who had been living at Casa Juan Diego were moving on. But we soon realized that some of the people among the many thousands who were… continue reading

How To Locate An Immigrant in Detention

If you are trying to locate an immigrant or refugee in detention, the government has provided a site to assist. The address is https://locator.ice.gov/odls/#/index. You will need to put in the first and last name, the country of  origin, and either the A# or the birth date.

The Crisis of Climate Displaced People: Two Reports to Guide Us

This article was just quoted in the Brookings Register of South Dakota in an article by Carl Kline entitled, “It’s Time to Act on Climate Change.” https://brookingsregister.com/article/its-time-to-act-on-climate-change When hurricanes Iota and Eta devastated Honduras and parts of Guatemala last year, causing massive flooding and rain and the loss of places to live and many livelihoods, Central… continue reading

We Almost Didn’t Survive

By a Cuban refugee woman On the 19th of June of 2019 I left my country of birth to seek a better future for myself and my family.  On that day I set out for Guyana.  There I worked with my husband to maintain ourselves with food and housing.  Many days we slept in the… continue reading

The Journey of a Congolese Family to Casa Juan Diego

The family was interviewed and their story retold here by Allison Clifton, who often translates for us from French to English when we have new African guests. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. Recently, Casa Juan Diego has received a number of families from the Democratic Republic of Congo and other African… continue reading

Immigrants at the Border and at Casa Juan Diego

In February ICE started calling Casa Juan Diego each day asking about how many beds we have available for families. They had been expecting a growing number of families for whom they would need to find shelter, as family detention centers  closed and alternative plans made. The situation at the border has been changing daily… continue reading

How to Find the Children

A good starting point for parents seeking to find their children who have crossed the border alone is the Office of Refugee Resettlement National Call Center: 800 203-7001. WhatsApp also 800 203-7001.

Federal agents are expelling asylum seekers as young as 8 months from the border, citing COVID-19 risks

  Thousands of migrant children have been expelled by the Trump administration since March. Some have been held in hotels without access to lawyers or family. Advocates say many are now “virtually impossible” to find. from THE TEXAS TRIBUNE AND PROPUBLICA AUG. 4, 2020   https://www.texastribune.org/2020/08/04/border-migrant-children-hotels/. A teenage girl carrying her baby arrived at the U.S. border… continue reading

The Devastating Effects of Immigration Detention

In 2013, early in his papacy, Pope Francis’s first trip outside Rome was to minister to the immigrants who were in detention on the island of Lampedusa.  There he famously decried the “culture of indifference” which allows the world to ignore the sufferings of migrants and refugees, and instead he called for a culture of… continue reading