Accompaniment on U.S.-Mexico border

From CNI steering committee member Eli McCarthy:

Local organizers have requested protective accompaniment at a large posadas gathering at the San Diego/Tijuana border on December 15. Training will likely be provided on December 14.

Las Posadas is a Christmas tradition, primarily within the Hispanic community, celebrated December 16-24. It is a processional ceremony which re-enacts the Holy Family’s search for welcome at the time of Jesus’ birth.

Some basic goals of protective accompaniment are:
1) Accompany those most in need
2) Prevent and defuse hostility/violence
3) Interrupt de-humanization
4) Re-humanize and cultivate empathy

If you are interested or know of others in your network who may be interested, please fill out this form. Feel free to share this with others. If you can’t make it but want to offer financial assistance for others to travel there, contact Eli McCarthy. You can also let him know if you or others can go and stay longer, as there will likely be other accompaniment opportunities near the border.

Ongoing protective accompaniment efforts: Sanctuary Caravan will be based in Tijuana for the long-term.

Accompaniment requested for migrants being released from detention in U.S.: The Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN) is asking for assistance in several cities in the U.S. South for migrants who are being released from ICE detention; the migrants are often without money, food, winter clothing, and their health has been affected. Sign up here to help in certain cities.

For more information contact Nayely with SEIRN,

Photo from Interfaith Immigration Coalition, 2013 Immigration Posada Toolkit

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