Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LACC)
Who we are
Founded in 1985, the Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LACC) exists to be a healing presence, a source of hope, and a force for change while seeking justice and peace for all who are impacted by the inhumane immigration policies and the decades-long interventionist foreign policy of the United States throughout the region.
We believe in the power of showing up. Bearing witness to injustice is itself a moral act.
We believe in the radical power of hope in the face of grave injustice. A more just world is possible for broken systems and the many people who suffer because of them.
We believe in the transformative power of personal encounter. Relationships with migrants, justice workers, and fellow participants energize and sustain our commitment.
The Immigration Spotlight is a bi-monthly opportunity to explore emerging issues and challenges regarding immigration, featuring people working for immigration justice. Past speakers have touched on detention centers, the border crisis, farmworkers, asylum-seekers, refugees, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. To view recordings of past Immigration Spotlights, search our list of videos on YouTube here. Look for details about upcoming Spotlights on our Events page.
Loretto Border Trip
The Loretto Border Trip is a transformative immersion experience that seeks justice and peace at the U.S./Mexico border through direct encounter with migrants and justice workers. Participants take part in expressing the LACC values of witness, hope and friendship through volunteering with humanitarian service providers and hearing migrants’ stories to bring back to their home communities. Border Trip Visual Guide link.
As an act of public witness, the New Sanctuary Movement enables congregations to publicly provide hospitality and protection to immigrant families whose legal cases clearly reveal the contradiction and moral injustice of our current immigration system.
Solidarity with Farmworkers
With a 50 year involvement in the farmworker movement, LACC is in partnership with National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM), a faith based organization, working toward justice for and empowerment of farm workers. http://nfwm.org
Acting for justice means supporting migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. at different phases of the asylum-seeking process. The LACC members visit migrants held in detention prisons, raise money for bonding out detainees and support shelters for asylum-seekers on both sides of the U.S. Mexico border. Resources for people returning to Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala can be found here: https://www.afsc.org/xs
“They don’t let us cry in here. They don’t let us comfort or hug each other. But I still have hope. Hope is the last thing to go.”Guatemalan woman, Helen, held in detention speaking to LACC members visiting her at Eloy Detention Center, Arizona
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2014 Loretto Border Trip Participants — Kneeling, from left, are Lindsay Androelli-Comstock, Mary Jean Friel, Nico Gumbs, Sylvia Campbell and…
LACC Spotlights Attention on Seeking Justice for Immigrants, Migrants, Farmworkers, Detainees & Asylum Seekers
The Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LACC) is pleased to present its daily Facebook messages on immigration reform, support and humanitarian help…
We work for justice and act for peace because the Gospel urges us.“I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, #36 Mural…
The members of Loretto’s Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LACC) are pleased to share an edited recording and concept note of the…
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