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FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN IN SOLIDARITY TO CALL FOR PRAYER AND COMPASSION FOR CHILD REFUGEES FLEEING VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AMERICA

FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN IN SOLIDARITY TO CALL FOR PRAYER AND COMPASSION FOR CHILD REFUGEES FLEEING VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Press Conference held on Tuesday afternoon July 8 at Museum of Social Justice
Local leaders provided eyewitness accounts of their visit Tuesday morning to the temporary shelter at Port Hueneme in Ventura that houses hundreds of these child refugees

Bishop Minerva Carcano, United Methodist Church, Bishop Jon Bruno, Episcopal Church and Dr. Robert Ross, president and CEO, California Endowment and other Philanthropists and interfaith leaders made a call for compassion and prayer for the child refugees who are arriving in California from Central America. These vulnerable young children fled unspeakable violence and hardship in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. The public debate about them has quickly become politicized. The fact that they are young frightened children who risked their lives to come here, often on their own, has been forgotten. This is a humanitarian situation that calls on us to draw on the best in ourselves and put these children’s health and well being first. Faith leaders from a range of religions will call for a weekend of prayer and compassion July 19-20 for these children and will offer blessings for them.

Thousands of young children have arrived in the United States during recent months fleeing violence, murders and extortion by criminal gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied and vulnerable children have been detained, including hundreds in Port Hueneme, California.
WHO:
• Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment
• Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, The United Methodist Church, Los Angeles
• Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and President of the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders
• Father Richard Estrada, President of the Board and Founder of Jovenes, Inc.
• Mario de Leon, an undocumented Californian originally from Guatemala, UCLA graduate, and currently a teacher for the Miguel Contreras Freedom School
• Fred Ali, President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation

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