'Recognizing the Stranger' Training Reaches Albuquerque, Inspires New Leaders into Action Around Asylum Crisis

65 predominantly Spanish-speaking leaders from 18 institutions in Albuquerque convened for a multi-day training co-sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the Organizers Institute of the West/Southwest IAF, and Albuquerque Interfaith.  Parish leaders participated in leadership development workshops and engaged with scripture and their religious traditions as they reflected on their roles in public life. 

A civic academy about the humanitarian crisis at the border, held on the third day of training, inspired 25 new immigrant leaders to participate in a City Hall action the next day.  The rapid mobilization included the participation of Archbishop John Wester and helped leverage $250,000 in municipal funding to support asylum seekers.

City Council OKs $250,000 to Help Asylum SeekersAlbuquerque Journal 


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