The exodus from Central America to the United States has grown in complexity and continues to pose grave risks for asylum seekers on the move. People from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are traveling through Mexico to the United States to seek asylum due to social and political violence, drought, and a lack of economic opportunities caused by extreme poverty in their countries.

Logo: ACT AllianceWorking among churches and agencies on the ground in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.S., United Church Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance is helping to provide increased access to protection, basic needs, and essential information for asylum seekers regarding their rights along the Central America–Mexico–U.S. corridor.

With your support, people on the move—asylum seekers, deportees, and returnees—will be provided with relief assistance and psychosocial support at the borders and in their countries of origin.

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Online via our secure donation page.

Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Central America Region" on the face of your cheque.

Please keep asylum seekers in your prayers. We pray that political leaders in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and Canada recognize that the treatment endured by many seeking asylum defies not only human decency, but also international human rights standards. May they have the courage to work for a viable future for vulnerable children and families among us.

The Rev. Alexa Gilmour of Windermere United Church, Toronto joined a group of faith leaders who prayed and protested outside of a detention centre in El Paso, Texas on July 29, 2019. “I am encouraged by the ACT appeal and the advocacy to follow, as we cannot let colonial borders dictate our activism and restrict our dreams for God’s peace,” she said.

Your gifts will be used to increase the capacity of welcoming networks and bolster advocacy efforts so that governments can provide protection and humanitarian relief and help ensure that the rights of asylum seekers are respected.

For more information, contact:

Thi Van HoangProgram Coordinator, Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Response416-231-7680 ext. 2758
1-800-268-3781 ext. 2758
thoang [at] united-church.ca