“I was talking to a family that arrived last week, their oldest son, a family of five, and their oldest son had been disappeared by the organized crime group in their community and they’ve been trying to search for him and figure out what happened to him to have a body to bury,” said Joanna Williams, the Director of the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales. In this interview, she and Teresa Cavendish of Casa Alitas describe the realities that are causing many families to flee their homes and come to the border.
We believe that the voices of people on the move are essential to understanding what Migration with Dignity will look like. In this article, Lixania shares her own account of fleeing Venezuela, hoping to seek asylum in the U.S., and encountering the many injustices and hurdles that affect so many people at the border. Now in the U.S., she calls on U.S. officials to create a humane, just, and workable migration system.
Sister Doreen Glynn, CSJ, spent the month of September at Kino as part of the Catholic Sisters Walking with Migrants project. During her stay, she assisted with intake surveys, where we sit down and listen to each person who arrives at Kino for the first time. “In the short month that I was among them, my migrant sisters and brothers taught me lessons: of devotion to their families, of trust in God when faced with setbacks, of concern for others, of a desire to work and give back to those who have helped them. I would welcome any and all of these folks into my neighborhood. I am convinced they would eventually add to its beauty and sense of community,” she writes.