Dear Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity Supporters:
Thank you for your encouragement and generous contributions to the Root-Causes Journey to Central America. You have made it possible for 16 delegates to travel to Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico over the next couple weeks, August 7-17, to examine the conditions and reasons children, youth, women, and families make the desperate and dangerous trip from their homelands to the United States.
We have received and welcomed many unaccompanied children who reached our borders and joined our communities. Amid the hard and cruel realities they have endured, through your support they have found new friends in hospitable communities. It is your friendship and open arms that transform horrible experiences into sparkling, new opportunities. But, it continues to be a difficult decision forced on many of them to flee their countries in search of new starts without fear.
The Reverend Deborah Lee, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity senior program director of Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, is leading the international trip and will be joined by staff members Ms. Kianna Shann, strategic communications manager, and Mr. Moises Escalante, senior lead organizer.
As you know very well, unaccompanied children and families often leave one set of circumstances that threatens their lives only to enter a new environment where they become targets of more cruelty and vicious attacks; even by local and federal law enforcement personnel. But, thanks to you our sisters and brothers from Central America, Africa, Asia, and other regions of the world are receiving hospitality and hope.
As our delegation travels to Central America, please learn more about the Root-Causes Journey and the stories collected. Follow them on our blog: www.im4humanintegrity.org. Like us on Facebook.com/im4humanintegrity.
You may continue to support this important trip to Central America; we need your financial support to help us provide accurate, personal information about the travail of migrant children and families.
We are asking for your help because you already have demonstrated your love, compassion, and concern for people who come to attention in search of safety and friendship.
Thank you for being a part of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and making your commitment of support to keep the flame of hope and new life burning brightly through the days and dark nights ahead.
Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity