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Kino Border Initiative provides humanitarian aid
February 29, 2012

Kino Border Initiative provides humanitarian aid
The Kino Border Initiative provides humanitarian assistance to migrants who have been deported from the U.S. Their outreach center provides meals, clothing and basic medical assistance to people recently deported. Additionally, they provide a shelter for unaccompanied women and children who are otherwise vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
The mission of the Kino Border Initiative is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through direct humanitarian assistance, social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border and participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national policies.

PHOENIX (Feb. 29, 2012) – On March 10, 2012, the 2nd Annual Kino Border Initiative Dinner will be held to raise financial support for this ministry that helps individuals and communities on both sides of the Arizona/Mexican border affected by the consequences of migration.

Founded in January 2009, the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is strategically located in the twin cities of Ambos Nogales (southern Arizona, U.S. and northern Sonora, Mexico), which is a major port of entry and deportation for migrants in the southwest.

The mission of the Kino Border Initiative is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through direct humanitarian assistance, social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border and participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national policies. 

One of their most visible efforts is the humanitarian assistance provided to migrants who have been deported from the U.S. Their outreach center provides meals, clothing and basic medical assistance to people recently deported. They also run a shelter for unaccompanied women and children who are otherwise extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

Reverend Sean Carroll, S.J. currently serves as the executive director of the Kino Border Initiative and will share his insights and vision for the KBI during the dinner program.

WHAT: The Kino Border Initiative 2nd Annual Dinner will support the work of the KBI by raising funds and awareness of border issues affected by the consequences of migration. Reverend Sean Carroll, S.J., executive director of KBI, will share his insights during the program.

WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 2012.  5 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Dinner

WHERE: St. Paul's Catholic Church, O’Carroll Hall, 330 West Coral Gables Drive, Phoenix 

TICKETS: $250 per person for dinner.  Sponsorships of $350, $600, $1,500 and $3,000 also available and include dinner tickets.   For reservations or further information, contact Lucy Howell at 602 695-1604 or via email.

Honorary Committee members include: Very Reverend Michael F. Weiler, S.J., Provincial, California Province of the Society of Jesus; Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Phoenix; Most Reverend Eduardo A. Nevares, Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Phoenix; Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D., Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Tucson; Reverend Jan Olav Flaaten, Arizona Ecumenical Council; Bob Brown, Catholic Charities, Phoenix; Peg Harmon, Catholic Charities, Tucson; Steve Jenkins, St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix; Donna Marino, Catholic Community Foundation, Phoenix; Daniel R. Ortega, Jr. Esq., of Roush, McCracken, Guerrero, Miller & Ortega, Phoenix; Mary Permoda, St. Patrick’s, Phoenix; Joseph Riley, St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix;  Bob Ryan, Brophy College Preparatory; Patti Sills-Trausch, Franciscan Renewal Center; Victor Manuel Trevino Escudero, Consul General of Mexico, Phoenix; Janet Valder, St. Francis Xavier, Phoenix; Stephen J. Zabilski, St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix.


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Lucy Howell
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