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World Refugee Day: Immigration policy separates families
June 19, 2014

World Refugee Day: Immigration policy separates families
The Kino Border Initiative's Nazareth House is a shelter for migrant women and children, to respond to their vulnerability in the streets of Nogales, Sonora. It is a safe space where women and children can bathe, eat, sleep, call their families and reflect on their experience. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

(Washington, D.C.) June 19, 2014 — Last year when speaking at an ad hoc Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., Jesuit Father Sean Carroll said: "With each passing day, we as a country continue to separate family members, through our immigration laws and our detention and deportation practices, contrary to the rhetoric of family values that permeates our political discourse."

Unfortunately, another year's worth of days has passed and there is still no end is sight for separated families. Today on The Refugee Voice podcast we’ll hear from the married mother of two children as she relates the story of how she was separated from them, and how difficult that separation is. This story was produced in Nogales Sonora, Mexico by La Muna in partnership with the Kino Border Initiative. 

The Kino Border Initiative was established to work with one foot on each side of the Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Now an independent organization, KBI officially launched in January 2009 as the result of a collaborative effort among Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the California Province of the Society of Jesus, the Mexico Province of the Society of Jesus, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Archdiocese of Hermosillo and the Diocese of Tucson.

As a faith-based organization, the KBI strives to respond to the most critical needs of deported migrants by respecting their dignity and by fostering bi-national solidarity through humanitarian assistance, education, research and advocacy.

Learn more: Humane Immigration Reform

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