Holy Trinity is committed to prayer, advocacy, and action to advance immigration justice in the United States.
Our AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) Working Group identifies unaccompanied minor migrants in our community who are in need of accompaniment in areas such as legal appointments, or who need help meeting basic physical, educational, and/or emotional-social needs. This team also prays and advocates for just immigration policy, including responding to the ELCA and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service requests for advocacy.
“Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza.” (“God is our refuge and strength.”) – Psalm 46:1
AMMPARO is a holistic, whole church commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.
The word “amparo” in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Due to our connection to companion churches in the region, including companion synod relationships, and existing ministries in the U.S., the ELCA is well-positioned to help ensure that these vulnerable children are protected.
In a holistic, whole church response that connects international and US outcomes, the ELCA has developed this strategy based on the following commitments:
- Uphold and guarantee basic human rights and safety of migrant children and their families;
- Address the root causes of migration in countries from Central America’s Northern Triangle and Mexico and the treatment of migrants in transit;
- Work toward just and humane policies affecting migrants in and outside the U.S.; and
- Engage as a church body with all of its companions, affiliates, and partners to respond to the migration situation and its causes, and to advocate for migrant children and their families.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, the ELCA is called to bear witness to the conditions affecting so many communities and to work to find solutions that will acknowledge the humanity in all of God’s children. Join us in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.