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Latin American/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.

LACC Values

Witness

We believe in the power of showing up. Bearing witness to injustice is itself a moral act.

Hope

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.

Friendship

We believe in the transformative power of personal encounter. Relationships with migrants, justice workers, and fellow participants energize and sustain our commitment.

Key Initiatives

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.

Sanctuary

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.  

https://www.sanctuarynotdeportation.org/
http://nfwm.org/new-sanctuary-movement/

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

Supporting Asylum-Seekers

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

LACC Resource Library

Our most recent news stories are posted below. For a more extensive list, click here.

Loretto at the border

Loretto’s Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LACC) has been on the front lines of the immigration crisis for many years at the…

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