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MEXICO: Salesians collaborate with UN agency

Salesian Tijuana Project signs cooperative agreement with International Organization for Migration


(MissionNewswire) Salesian Tijuana Project in Mexico is committed to the most vulnerable people, especially migrants and refugees, and it facilitates Salesian social programs in the city. The organization recently strengthened its network by signing a collaboration agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a United Nations agency.

The city of Tijuana is one of the busiest border crossings in the world, with people arriving from other countries or from other states in Mexico. Those who arrive have faced many hardships including the lack of food, hygiene and security, which can impact their physical and mental health. Comprehensive care has become a necessity.

Salesian Tijuana Project and IOM want to offer complete care for migrants including psychological, recreational, legal and social benefits. While the services will be available to all ages, they particularly want to focus on youth who are often traveling alone through the city with the goal of crossing into the United States in hope for a better life.

“The Salesian Tijuana Project aims to guarantee educational and pastoral assistance,” said Father Agustín Novoa Leyva, director general of the Salesian Tijuana Project. “The emerging reality in which we live involves many challenges. We will continue to assist all migrants and vulnerable people who approach our center, with quality and human warmth, and with clear responses to their needs.”

Since 1987, the Salesian Center, where most of the activities are centered, has been providing services to migrants and poor youth living on the border between Mexico and the U.S. The center houses a refectory and acts as a hub for migrants who, besides much-needed material help, are also offered a familiar and welcoming environment. They can access haircuts, a change of clothes, a shower, and an opportunity to call and make contact with their families.



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