Keep the Doors Open

For 38 years, the triangular red-brick building of Annunciation House has been both a symbol and a center for hospitality to the migrant and the refugee. Now over a hundred years old, the building is in desperate need of repairs: new mortar, a renovated kitchen, new duct work, reroofing, improved compliance with modern building standards, and more.

This May, for the first time in its history, Annunciation House is launching a capital campaign to raise the $1 million dollars that our contractor estimates we need to keep the building habitable for our guests. We ask for your support, whether through financial contributions, volunteering your time, or helping us spread the word.

View our crowdfunding page here to make a one-time contribution. This initial effort to raise $50,000 will provide seed money for us to seek larger grants from foundations.

Visit our secure donation site to set up a recurring donation.

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Today Annunciation House and companions are gathering at the Mexican consulate in El Paso to protest the violence and threats of violence that have been perpetrated on two colleagues of Padre Alejandro Solalinde, our 2015 Voice of the Voiceless Honoree.

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Read the press release:

El Paso, Texas, 06 de Junio de 2016


Consulado General de México

Enrique Peña Nieto

Presidente de México


En México, el paso de las y los migrantes, provenientes de Centroamérica se ha convertido en la “Ruta de la muerte”. En los últimos 10 años, se han registrado cientos de agresiones violentas: robo a mano armada, secuestros, extorsiones, abusos físicos, sexuales y homicidios calificados, en contra de las personas que vienen huyendo de la situación de violencia y pobreza que hay en sus países de origen, por parte de mafias que controlan el paso de las rutas migratorias y muy frecuentemente están involucrados las corporaciones de seguridad pública estatal y federal, que en su fundamento principal, deberían de garantizar el libre tránsito, de acuerdo a Convenios Internacionales que México ha firmado para proteger  el paso de las y los migrantes.

Éstos actos, violentos y sistemáticos, han llegado a las y los defensores de Derechos humanos y migrantes. En las últimas semanas se denunciaron dos amenazas con armas de fuego en contra de defensores de derechos de las personas migrantes: en Oaxaca, El Albergue para Migrantes “Hermanos en el Camino” y en Querétaro, la Estancia del Migrante González y Martínez.

El 23 de mayo fue agredido Alberto Donis y Leyssa Palomino, una voluntaria del Albergue para migrantes Hermanos en el Camino, dirigido por el Padre Alejandro Solalinde.


“Es importante mencionar que debido a que Alberto ha sido objeto de amenazas en otros momentos, cuenta ya con medidas cautelares decretadas tanto por la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH), así como por la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH), situación que nos alarma aún más, sobre todo porque en los últimos días se han registrado una serie de amenazas dirigidas al padre Solalinde, con quien Alberto colabora y tememos que este evento tengan relación con las mismas y que ni el Estado de Oaxaca, ni la CNDH, estén dando un seguimiento adecuado a la seguridad de ambos”

Nosotras y nosotros, ciudadanos y organizaciones sociales, radicados en la frontera de El Paso, Texas y Ciudad Juárez, hacemos un llamado al Gobierno de México, para que realice, por medio de las instancias correspondientes, una investigación ética, objetiva y exhaustiva de los hechos ocurridos en contra de los integrantes del Albergue Hermanos en el Camino. Así como hacemos un llamado urgente para que cese de inmediato las agresiones contra las y los migrantes y se lleven a cabo investigaciones serias de las demandas penales interpuestas por los agredidos.

Por lo anterior:

-Exigimos el cumplimiento de acuerdos internacionales de protección a las y los migrantes en tránsito, firmados por México.

-Exigimos la protección de las y los defensores de los derechos de l@s migrantes.








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Save the Date: VOV 2016

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The Mystery of Divine Mercy

Pope Francis gave this homily at the Mass celebrated on the Juarez-El Paso border this past week, February 17. Let us join him in his plea for those involved in the “human tragedy” of forced migration: “No more death! No more exploitation!”


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Nazareth House: High Turnover Hospitality

Background: Since the summer of 2014, when the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began detaining large numbers of Central American migrants along our southern border and releasing them in El Paso, Annunciation House has been providing temporary hospitality and travel assistance in a new site called Nazareth House. Each week, we receive anywhere from dozens to hundreds of newly released migrants, most of whom have family elsewhere in the United States and simply need a few days to rest, recover, and make travel plans.

The house: Once they arrive at Nazareth House, guests are given the opportunity to shower, eat, and pick out clean clothes from our donation room. We assist them with contacting friends or family elsewhere in the U.S. and making travel plans (they all have permission to travel within the United States). Then we take them to the airport or bus station at the appointed time and provide them with food and supplies for their journey. Most guests stay 1-3 days before traveling on.

The need for volunteers: We’re are in great need of responsible, committed, organized and trustworthy people who can commit to at least a week of service. We will gladly accept former volunteers, former BAE participants, people who have previous experience with organizations such as ours, and men and women from religious communities. Spanish proficiency is useful, but not a requirement; we have many areas of responsibility that don’t depend on speaking Spanish. Volunteers may help with the following tasks:

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  • security
  • travel arrangements
  • local transportation
  • food and meals
  • clothing bank
  • care package assembly
  • stocking supplies
  • laundry
  • medical issues
  • legal issues
  • set-up and clean-up

Interested in volunteering? Please contact the volunteer coordinator.

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Join Director Ruben Garcia in Conversation on Race, Violence, and Authority

Juan Patricio Peraza Quijada, a 19-year-old guest at Annunciation House, was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent while taking out the trash in February 2003. Since then, there have been far too many tragedies like this, where young men of color have been targeted by law enforcement for petty crimes, or no crime at all, resulting in death for the young men and few consequences for the people that killed them.

Annunciation House director Ruben Garcia will engage in conversation with two other advocates to speak about the intersection of race, authority and violence largely as it relates to the unforgivable deaths of these human beings. Please join us:


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Ruben Garcia to speak at Marquette University


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The Crisis of Moral Integrity

Amid the cacophony of voices vying for ear space on the “immigrant crisis,” few have succeeded in identifying the real crisis–the crisis of moral integrity. Whenever and wherever human beings suffer, it is the moral integrity of those around them–they are called neighbors–that leads people to respond and help. It is the moral fabric of a neighbor that allows him or her to acknowledge the humanity of the one in need and to act out the words, “I am with you.” 201009_Annunciation House_mpr_106

The real crisis has nothing to do with the numbers of immigrants arriving at the border, for the land is vast and the space is welcoming. It has nothing to do with the need for clothing, for the bags of clothing are piled so high as to overwhelm. It has nothing to do with a lack of places to receive and shelter the many, for the churches are empty and in search of an identity of what it means to be a church.

What it does have to do with is our moral integrity as individuals and as a people, for we are in danger. We are in danger of looking inward and discovering only a profound emptiness. For this emptiness all the food in the world, all of the clothing in all of the malls, all of the houses with huge numbers of bedrooms, all of the money and abundance that surrounds us will never fill. For this emptiness can only be filled by the God who comes to us in the distressing disguise of the poor, the immigrant poor.

–Ruben Garcia, director of Annunciation House

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House Democrats call for end to the shame of family detention

In this video, El Paso Representative Beto O’Rourke and other House Democrats speak out to urge our government to end the detention of Central American women and children who have been detained at our southern border. Most of them are seeking (and are eligible for) political asylum. They should be freed and given their day in court, not locked up in shoddy, unhealthy conditions. It’s a long video, but Beto speaks at minute 29 (and gives a nod to the work of Annunciation House).

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2015 Voice of the Voiceless Award Presented in Absentia

This past Saturday evening, April 18, Annunciation House held its twelfth annual Voice of the Voiceless Solidarity Dinner to bring attention to issues surrounding immigration and social justice. Padre Alejandro Solalinde, Mexican Catholic priest and founder of the migrant shelter Hermanos en el Camino in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, was to be present to receive year’s Voice of the Voiceless award. However, two days before the event, Annunciation House learned that urgent events at Padre Solalinde’s shelter would not allow him to travel to El Paso to celebrate with us.

IMG_1392Padre Solalinde had set out from Ixtepec earlier in the week with a group of over 200 Central American migrants. The migrants were on their way to Mexico City walking a Viacrucis, a Way of the Cross, to call attention to the crushing effects of Mexico’s Plan Frontera Sur on migrants traversing Mexico. The group was surrounded, stopped, and threatened by Federal Police and members of INAMI, Mexico’s immigration forces. For several days it was unclear what would happen to them, and Padre Solalinde felt he could not leave his companions in the middle of this crisis. And so, demonstrating once again the conviction for which he was named una Voz de los Sin Voz, he remained in Mexico to see this action through. After interventions from some government officials, the migrants began their Viacrucis de nuevo on Friday, and arrived at the Basilica de Guadalupe on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, in El Paso, Annunciation House made arrangements to honor Padre Solalinde’s work in his absence. The solidarity dinner proceeded as planned, and videos of Padre Solalinde and Hermanos en el Camino were shown to bring his works to life. Awards were also given to Las Patronas, a group that for twenty years has been providing food to Central American migrants riding the trains through southern Mexico; and to El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who has been a rare voice pro-immigrant voice in the U.S. House of Representatives of late, calling for reason and compassion in our response to the waves of migrants arriving on our Southern border.

The theme of the evening was THE RIGHT TO MIGRATE: SET MY PEOPLE FREE. Monarch butterflies, beautiful and fragile symbols of migration, decorated the tables and featured prominently in the opening ritual. Some 650 people attended the sold-out dinner. Annunciation House is grateful to the community for its steadfast support. We hope you will join us next year.

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