Vaca Travels with Interfaith Delegation to Central America Seeking Answers about Forced Migration

August 12, 2015

This week a national fact-finding delegation of 16 interfaith leaders, that includes the Rev. Brenda Vaca, California-Nevada Conference clergyperson who is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) serving the Western Jurisdiction National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry, will travel to Honduras and Guatemala to investigate the ongoing humanitarian crisis of children and families fleeing Central America.  As Congress considers funding a proposed US$1 billion Alliance for Prosperity initiative in Central America, the numbers of youth and families fleeing in 2015 continue to soar as underlying causes have not been addressed. 
The group will spend two weeks in Honduras and Guatemala, meeting with migrant community groups, human rights organizations, and religious leaders about the reality of forced migration.  The group will meet with those who have been deported back to the region, including Pastor Max Villatoro, a father of 4 US citizen children and long-time US resident, who was deported back to Honduras in March of this year.  They will meet organizations and relatives of migrants from Honduras and Guatemala who have disappeared while migrating and visit faith organizations serving them.
The group will return on August 17 and will be holding a press conference at the SFO International Terminal at 8:15 p.m.
The interfaith delegation can be followed on instagram: @im4humanintegrity, twitter: @4humanintegrity