Statement of Solidarity with the Caravan of Central American Mothers

November 30, 2015 – Tucson, AZ

Today, Monday, November 30th, 2015, the Caravan of Central American Mothers will begin its eleventh journey through Mexico.  Mothers from as far as Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are following the footsteps of their missing children, many of whom disappeared on their journey to the United States. The theme of this year’s caravan is forced displacement and disappearances by organized crime..  In the hope of finding some trace of their children, the mothers will visit unmarked gravesites and hospitals, they will sleep in migrant shelters, meet with public officials, and hold press conferences.

La Coalición de Derechos Humanos would like to send a message of support to the Caravan today and wish strength, success and a safe journey to the mothers.  Derechos’s Missing Migrant Hotline assists families searching for loved ones crossing the United States/Mexico border. In our everyday work, we realize that when a person goes missing, the whole family is affected.  The pain, suffering, and uncertainty are not contained within the United States/Mexico border. The Caravan helps us contextualize the human cost of deadly border enforcement policies that extend far beyond the U.S. border.

To the organizers of the Caravan, thank you.  The work we carry out through the Missing Migrant Hotline makes it evident that there is a crisis at the border and that the systems in place are working to disappear and displace our communities.  We recognize how vital it is that you respond to this crisis and demand an answer for your children.  To find your missing children is our common goal, it is what binds our work together, surpassing borders.

The resilience and perseverance of the mothers helps inspire us to carry the Missing Migrant Hotline forward.  Everyday we see the agony of the families we work with and how it is prolonged by having to navigate the complex webs of government entities that have no infrastructure in place to respond to people that are disappeared within the detention system. We are grateful to the Caravan for calling international attention to the silent tragedy that is afflicting so many families and for organizing to demand a response from government authorities. We support you.

Follow the caravan  / Siga la caravana