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An Ongoing Response to Haitian Refugees at the Border

In September, videos of CBP officers on horseback using reins like whips and charging at Haitian asylum-seekers to keep them from entering the United States shocked and appalled people around the world. We continue to be appalled that the wealthiest … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter: Annunciation House’s Commitment to Work for a More Perfect Union

In the midst of an unprecedented moment in American history, the Fourth of July is an opportunity to reflect on the complicated origins of this country. This is the date on which a very imperfect people commenced the journey to … Continue reading

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PPE Donations for COVID19 Response

As of 3.26.20, Annunciation House has no known COVID19 infections among its volunteers or guests. However, the virus is circulating in El Paso and we expect it’s only a matter of time before it strikes our houses of hospitality, so … Continue reading

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Refugee Numbers Down; Short-Term Volunteers Not Currently Needed

Update on our efforts to provide short-term hospitality to refugee families released in El Paso by ICE: at this time, we do not need (and are not accepting) short-term volunteers (people available for less than three six* months). *(edited 10/23/19 … Continue reading

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Current need for short-term volunteers (updated 12/14/21)

Annunciation House continues to receive steady numbers of migrants and refugees who have been released from ICE or Border Patrol custody in El Paso. We provide them with temporary shelter and assist them with making plans to travel onward into … Continue reading

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Short-Term Volunteers for Emergency Hospitality

Update: as of May 2, 2019, we are no longer accepting short-term volunteers for the months of May, June or July due to the overwhelmingly positive response we have already received (thank you!) (We would consider making exceptions for people … Continue reading

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Press conference on the death of Jakelin Caal Maquin – the 7-year-old child who died in Border Patrol Custody

Annunciation House director Ruben Garcia reads a statement from the family of Jakelin Maquin Caal and answers questions from reporters. The video orientation corrects after the first few minutes. Continue reading

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The Honduran Caravan Speaks: Recognize This Humanitarian Crisis

The Caravan of Honduran refugees has released a statement calling on the United States and the United Nations to recognize their exodus as a HUMANITARIAN CRISIS and to recognize its participants as refugees “in need of international protection and humanitarian … Continue reading

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Press Conference – June 25

    Annunciation House director Ruben Garcia and legal council Taylor Levy speak at a press conference regarding the release of undocumented parents and the challenges of reuniting them with their children.

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Fr. Ismael Moreno – 2018 Voice of the Voiceless Award

Fearless Honduran Priest to Receive Annunciation House 2018 Voice of the Voiceless Award Annunciation House is pleased to announce the 2018 Voice of the Voiceless Award recipient: Father Ismael “Melo” Moreno, S.J. from Honduras, a resolute and intrepid defender of … Continue reading

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