The United States has had a troubling presence in the region. And while often unintended, negative consequences for the people have been cruel and have resulted in a region losing its population to the pull of the United States.
On March 12, I travel to Honduras and El Salvador to visit Good Shepherd Sisters, learn of their work, show solidarity and identify push factors contributing to the migration crisis in our hemisphere.
I leave to be in solidarity with the people. I carry the love and compassion of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in North America. I hope to serve as a witness and to share what I witness with the sisters and with Members of Congress upon my return.
While in Honduras, I also will participate in a 75-person interreligious Root Causes Pilgrimage. The pilgrimage is a follow-up to last year’s witness trip I took to Honduras with 40 faith leaders where we stood in solidarity with the people and protested a fraudulent presidential election.
As I encounter our brothers and sisters on this mission trip, I will bring back their stories and learn what U.S. policies and legislation will help change the narrative and improve their lives. Joining with other advocates, I will press for needed policy and legislative changes.
During my 18-day trip, I will send back photos, thoughts and observations via my blog and NAC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Hashtags to follow along are: #RootCauses19 #NAC4Justice
Accompanying me to Honduras and El Salvador is Jeanette McDermott, the Communications Coordinator for the Province of Mid-North America of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.
Our trip is made possible by generous funding from the worldwide Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd and from the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.