2020 Bulletin of Reports: Mission Team for Justice

The Justice Team continued to meet most months through Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Synod Office.  We heard reports from several of our committees or task forces.  In February The Rev. Dr. Alexia Salvatierra and Dixie Hansen reported on the circles of care formed to help immigrant youth who

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St. Matthew’s NoHo Home Alliance Launches Immigration Legal Services Initiative

NoHo Home Alliance (NHHA), the non-profit St. Matthew’s, North Hollywood started in 2018, is launching another challenging and important long-term project: providing immigration legal services for low-income immigrants in the San Fernando Valley.  Their immigrant services will focus on providing no-cost legal assistance and representation for immigrants pursuing changes in

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Dear Church: A Message from the Tijuana Refugee Camps – Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Dear Church is a semi-regular blog featuring pastors and other church leaders. Views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA. Part of this entry was written by Pastor Alexia Salvatierra for the School of

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Refugee Stories: “I’m terrified that my son and I will be killed if we are deported”

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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Refugee Stories: “They killed my brother less than a year after he was deported”

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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Refugee Stories: “I was terrified but I knew I had to save my children’s lives”

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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Refugee Stories: “He shot and killed my mother in front of all of us”

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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