In October 2018, caravans of migrants began traveling north from Central America. The groups included people of all ages, including families and children – many of whom are escaping violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the U.S. and Mexico.
While the Trump administration exploited the caravan to advance its anti-immigrant agenda, AFSC organized a very different response. With support from communities across the country:
- We provided food, water, and other necessities to migrants along the route, operated human rights brigades to help keep people safe, and offered migrants legal services and counseling.
- We organized the "Love Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice" week of action in December 2018, bringing more than 200 faith leaders to the U.S.-Mexico border for a mass action and supporting solidarity events across the U.S.
Thank you to all of our supporters who made this possible!
Loves Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice
AFSC and partners organized a nonviolent direct action at the border and more than 70 cities across the country organized local events in solidarity.
Why the U.S. should welcome all migrants with compassion and humanity
As we push back against xenophobic policies designed to keep people out of the U.S., it’s crucial to recognize our own government’s part in forcing people to flee.
Update: Migrant caravan emergency response
Thanks to AFSC supporters, our response to the caravan is underway – one that recognizes our shared humanity and is grounded in kindness and compassion.
AFSC speaks out against border militarization and Trump's attacks on asylum
Treating our communities like war zones by deploying additional military personnel to the southern border is a heavy-handed approach that endangers the rights of migrants and residents of border communities.
Advocates travel to border to support migrant caravan
“Our presence is important in order to document and expose the human rights violations that men, women, and children are facing as they try to pass through Mexico,” said AFSC's David Tobasura.