On President's Day weekend, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell and Curren D. Price, Jr. partnered with SALEF to lead a humanitarian aid delegation to Tijuana, where we visited nine dfferent shelters. Our delegation included Clínica Msr. Oscar A. Romero, El Rescate, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), St. John's Well Child and Family Center, and Equality California. We also collaborated with Sergio Infanzon and Comite de Mejicanos Migrantes in this effort [...]
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On Martin Luther King Jr Day, SALEF joined Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo in a day of service to bring much needed aid to the Central American migrants awaiting asylum at our southern border. SALEF, as part of the Coordinadora San Romero, coordinated the day of service in conjunction with the Coalicion de Migrantes Mexicanos to provide health screening and food donations to three shelters in Tijuana. We were also accompanied by El Rescate [...]
On Monday January 14th, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) took to the streets to defend public education and the future of Los Angeles students. Parents, teachers and students rallied at school sites to show their support on a rainy Monday morning and an estimated 30,000 teachers and allies took to the streets, marching to City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. SALEF opened its doors to show solidarity and support for teachers and [...]
We are receiving reports from an individual who has joined SALEF on aid trips to Tijuana, and who is currently in the shelter, that the Mexican government has maintained a police presence at the shelter and is continuing to seek the removal of migrants from this location to either El Barretal or elsewhere. Additionally, our contact states that the police at the shelter are attempting to identify all legal observers, particularly American [...]
On Friday, January 4th, SALEF staff as well as partners from the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA) returned to the same shelter located adjacent to the now-empty Benito Juarez shelter that we visited on our last trip. When we visited in late December we delivered food, cooking supplies, and cleaning materials. We packed their refrigerator with chicken and frozen vegetables and provided 80 lbs sacks of rice and beans. Although our donations [...]
Toys, clothes for children living in a small shelter left in the wake of now emptied Benito Juarez Thanks to you and our many partners, SALEF was able to provide over $5,000 of food, supplies, medicine, and holiday presents to the Central American migrants sheltering in Tijuana, while they wait for their opportunity to seek asylum in the United States. Our partners on this trip were Clinica Romero (providing health screenings), the [...]
On December 8th, SALEF, staff from partnering organizations, and volunteer lawyers and doctors, traveled to Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico to visit the Benito Juarez Shelter. Outside of Benito Juarez, there are posters and art. At the shelter, men, women, and children are camped together in alarmingly poor conditions. At one point, Benito Juarez held over 6,000 people. The Mexican government has moved thousands of people to another shelter outside of Tijuana [...]