Transnational Bridge Building

CARECEN SF is dedicated to transnational bridge building for our people to thrive and live in peace, both in the united states and in our countries of origin

Here are some examples:

International Observer Delegation During Presidential Elections in El Salvador

Organized by CARECEN DC, Alianza Americas and CARECEN SF, we took part in an international delegation to observe the presidential elections in El Salvador. Our group attended candidate forums, met with academic experts, social services and violence prevention organizations as well as the media to learn about the political and social context of elections in El Salvador. We were inspired by the people’s will, resilience and commitment to the democracy they fought so hard for. The recent elections mark a new era in the political reality of El Salvador. There are many challenges but a new generation of Salvadorans have taken the stage using new tools and engaging the political and democratic process in their own terms. This moment, as the newly elected president said, “turns the page on the post war era.” We will continue our transnational advocacy so our people can thrive and be able to migrate by choice and not by force.


Lariza Dugan Cuadra, directora ejecutiva de Carecen SF, reporta desde CIFCO, San Salvador tras el cierre de urnas en las presidenciales de #ElSalvador. Carecen San Francisco, CARECEN-Central American Resource Center y Alianza Americas estamos observando este importante proceso electoral.

Posted by Alianza Americas on Sunday, February 3, 2019



Photos of Observer Delegation During Presidential Election in El Salvador, Feb. 2019




  • RAÍCES – 2 RAÍCES trips to strengthen ties between second generation immigrant youth to their countries of origin.
  • CARECEN SF participated in electoral monitoring/observation for two elections to support the democratic process in El Salvador.
  • Ongoing regional advocacy (Mexico and Central America) with Alianza Americas. CARECEN SF and other Central American lead organizations visited these regions to promote increased consular protection and services for migrants at home, on the journey and in their country of destination.
  • Participation as civil society “Central American Diaspora” in the development of El Salvador’s national policy for protection and development of the Salvadoran migrant.
  • CARECEN SF joined a delegation of 50 faith leaders and social justice advocates from the United States, Canada, Haiti, and Colombia that traveled to Honduras in January 2018 for a week-long visit to observe continuing widespread civil unrest and protests in the aftermath of the contested presidential election on November 26, 2017.

XV Encuentro de la Juventud Afro Centro-Americana y de la Diaspora

On August 15-17, 2019, CARECEN SF joined La Organización Negra Centroamericana (ONECA), the Central American Black Organization (CABO) and Houndarun Wuritian Lamidan Meriga (HOWULAME) in celebrating the XV Encuentro de la Juventud Afro Centro-Americana y de la Diaspora / 15th Annual Congress of Central American Afro-Youth and Diaspora, held at the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN) in Bluefields, Nicaragua.

This annual gathering was attended by youth representatives from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Diaspora in the United States. More than 100 youth, elders, academics and Afro elected officials gathered to affirm youth’s critical role in the future of black communities in the region. The theme of this year’s Congress was “Liderazgo Jóven Afro para el Cambio Social” (Afro-youth Leadership for Social Change).

The congress focused on imparting and identifying tools both legal, political, social and others to advance the Afro-Central American equity agenda in the region. Various sessions included a detailed review of regional Constitutions, Treaties and other legal instruments that youth must be familiar with, in order to affirm their communities right to land, language, natural resources, cultural and linguistic preservation. The Nicaraguan Constitution, is the only one in all of Central America with language that not only recognizes afro-descendant communities, but also the racial, linguistic and cultural diversity that makes up the nation. It established two autonomous regions: Región Autonoma Atlántico Norte y Región Autonoma Atlántico Sur (RAAN & RAAS), which grants not only land rights, but affirms regional, Indigenous and communal governments, as well control of local natural resources, educational curricula, and the overall right of regional indigenous and afro-descendant communities to self-govern.

Various workshops focused on health promotion, higher education, microenterprise, linguistic and cultural preservation, religious ceremonies and traditional healing, community development, use of social media to advance demands, racism and other “isms”, gender equity and migration.

CARECEN SF’s Executive Director gave a presentation on the current state of migration policy in the U.S., and focused on “myths and realities of migration”. The space provided both CARECEN SF as well as youth the opportunity to identify the messaging and information communities and youth in the region have about the current exodus of Central Americans, the reality on the journey and at the U.S.- Mexico border.

We are incredibly appreciative of the invitation by Doña Mirtha Colon, Garifuna leader from Honduras and President of ONECA. We learned a lot and had the opportunity to affirm our commitment to lifting the voices of ALL Central Americans, especially youth, afro, indigenous, queer, women, migrants forcefully returned to countries of origin, and those systemically excluded, yet consistently exploited in our countries of origin by weak institutions, corruption, institutional violence, impunity and extreme poverty.